Rahul Gandhi breaks silence on Congress debacle in northeast, says 'respect mandate'

NPP candidates James K Sangma and Thomas A Sangma undertaking a victory march in Tura on Saturday

The BJP and the NDPP together bagged 29 seats in Nagaland, as did outgoing chief minister TR Zeliang's Naga People's Front (NPF), just two seats short of getting a majority.

Obsessed instead with grabbing power, using big money to create an opportunistic alliance, " Rahul tweeted.

The Congress chief's reaction came two days after the party's dismal performance in the Northeast Assembly elections.

"Senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Juel Oram are scheduled to arrive here as Central observers on Tuesday and we hope to form the Government by Thursday next", said Deb while interacting with the mediapersons. It was the single largest party in Meghalaya but got outsmarted by BJP, which managed to cobble up an alliance to form the government.

Going by the by-election result in Orissa, there, too, the BJP has emerged as the challenger to Naveen Patnaik, displacing the Congress.

On the other hand, the BJP has every reason to feel pleased and will have its tail up in the upcoming electoral clash. With both NPF and NDPP staking claim to forming the government, is Nagaland headed for another round of instability like in last 5 years?

The rise of BJP in northeastern region is phenomenal.

Tripura poll results will have no impact in Karnataka, where Assembly elections are expected to be held in a few months time, as there is no "Modi wave" in this state, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said.

Attempting to bring non-Congress parties under one umbrella in the fight against BJP, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is working phones and reaching out to regional satraps, the latest being DMK's M K Stalin. The Left Front's tally has now been reduced to 16 as opposed to 50 seats that it won in the last assembly polls.

From being an insignificant player in the Northeast's politics, the BJP has come a long way since its emphatic win in the national parliamentary polls almost four years ago.

National General Secretary PK Kunhalikutty MP has asked the CPI (M) to make an "introspection" of its strategies against the Sangh Parivar and BJP in the light of shocking defeat in Tripura.

Tripura has increased the footprint of the BJP in the North East dramatically.

The BJP's audacious display in unseating the five-term Left regime led by the popular Manik Sarkar can compare to the compelling regime change effected by TMC-when they ejected the Left Front that had ruled West Bengal for 35 years.

Karnataka is up next and an upbeat BJP president Amit Shah, celebrating the Northeast win, has declared that a BJP victory is certain.

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