NDPP's Neiphiu Rio stakes claim to form government in Nagaland

Exit polls for the three northeastern states

BJP's ally in the national level and Bihar, JD-U, dumped its pre-poll ally NPF and chose to "support the BJP" in the formation of a stable government in Nagaland.

On the ground in Agartala, delirious BJP supporters, many of them part of a formidable armada of Sangh volunteers, pointed out that the pleasure of vanquishing communists could never be matched by any other victory. The tribal party won eight of the nine seats it had contested.

"The northeast has today come forward to lead India on the path to development", Modi told a jubilant crowd of supporters at the victory speech in New Delhi party headquarters.

Earlier during the day, BJP leaders visited the UDP leaders at the residence of former CM- Dr Donkupar Roy in Laban.

The BJP's vote share also increased from 1.5% to over 40% in this year's elections. Assembly elections in the Christian-majority state will be held by the end of this year.

Kolkata: The trouncing of the CPI (M) in the Tripura Assembly elections has forced it to rethink strategies and increased the clamour within the party for an "adjustment" with the Congress, ahead of a crucial party meet next month.

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday tendered his resignation to Governor Tathagata Roy. Leading the fight against Yechury was the Kerala unit of the CPI-M, fully under Vijayan's control. In a remarkable performance, the alliance swept all the 20 seats reserved for tribals. Indicating the extent of BJP's inroads, the tribal seat of Asharambari has for the time not gone to the CPM.

Its ally IPFT, which fielded candidates in nine seats, got almost 8 per cent votes. The BJP is in power in three states - Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh - while the Sikkim Democratic Front, an NDA ally, is in power in Sikkim.

CPM, which is the largest party of the Left Front, has been reduced to a mere nine seats in the Lok Sabha, a sharp decline from 43 members in 2005 and 15 in 2009. We have got 46 per cent votes in Tripura.

The CPI (M)'s allies, like the CPI, are in favour of the broader unity of secular forces, including the Congress.

Prominent winners include Public Works Department Minister Martin Danggo, Information and Technology minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, Excise Minister Zenith Sangma, Social Welfare Minister, Clement Marak and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's wife Dikanchi D. Shira of the Congress. In Nagaland, two exit polls said the BJP-NDPP alliance will have an edge over the ruling Naga People's Front. A jubilant Shah said the BJP's golden era would be when its wrests West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka from rival parties. The Congress fielded candidates for all 59 constituencies but one of its candidates withdrew his nomination and joined the BJP. She had even offered to personally campaign there, but Congress paid no attention to her requests.

Balloting in Charilam (reserved for the tribals) has been deferred to March 12, 2018, after CPI-M candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died a week before the polls.

The Congress is not expected win a single seat.

"We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves", he said.

The mandate which the people of North East have given is in itself is a very big change, Modi said.

"So, we have made a decision to respect our pre-poll alliance partnership and hence staked the claim before the Government that we are ready toform next government in the state", senior BJP leader Ram Madhav told reporters here after the meeting ofBJP and NDPP delegation with the Governor. The Assembly polls witnessed a similar turnout as Meghalaya recorded almost 75 per cent polling.

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