The BJP looks set to score a perfect three in the latest round of elections in northeastern states with its allies. Victory is assured in Tripura and Nagaland; and Meghalaya too, in alliance with Conrad Sangma, appears a goal achieved.
Meghalaya was heading for a hung house when Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, whose National People’s Party (NPP) is leading the field, dialled the BJP’s chief strategist Amit Shah. The two parties had decided to go it alone for the election after a rift over corruption allegation against Mr Sangma’s NPP.
“Sri @SangmaConrad, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, called @AmitShah ji, Hon’ble Home Minister, and sought his support and blessings in forming the new Government,” tweeted Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Chief Minister and the BJP’s pointsperson in the northeast.
In Meghalaya, NPP has won 18 seats, UDP (10), Congress (5), TMC (3) and BJP (2).
According to the election commission, the BJP-NDPP alliance have emerged victorious in 37 seats in Nagaland. On the other hand, NPF, NPP, and NCP won two, five, and six seats, respectively. According to EC, NCP is still leading in one seat.
In Tripura, the Bharatiya Janata Party and IPFT have registered a clear majority by bagging 33 seats. Congress could claim only three seats.
Responding to BJP’s performance in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland elections, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that 2023 started on a positive note for the BJP. “For the first time in the northeast has come a region which is no more neglected. The new India, with the new northeast, is different. Northeast is now a vibrant region. Northeast people are now seeing the light of development. The transformation of Northeast only because of the commitment and vision of the Prime Minister,” he said.