With Hung Verdict, Congress, NPP Look for Ways to Form Meghalaya Govt

06 March, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Katrina Soto
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The Congress lost Meghalaya, though it emerged as the single largest party, and failed to open its account in Tripura and Nagaland.

While the Congress may publicly say that voters reposed their faith in the previous Mukul Sangma-led government, the BJP's credibility had taken a hit following concerns that the party may impose a beef ban in the Christian-majority state where bovine meat is consumed in large amounts. In Meghalaya, the BJP turned a fractured verdict to its advantage by quickly forging an alliance with regional parties and independent candidates.

Gowda said the country was seeing a "revival and resurgence" of the Congress starting with Gujarat and the bypolls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and "the cutting to size of the BJP due to its corruption and non-performance".

In Tripura, the Congress leader said, BJP has aligned with the IPFT, a party with division of the state as its election plank which is now demanding a tribal chief minister.

BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Tripura Assembly elections in Agartala on Saturday.

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The BJP, however, is seeking to oust the Congress from the southern state and is banking upon its old warhorse and former chief minister Y S Yeddyurappa, whom it has presented as its face for the Karnataka election. The ruling alliance will be headed by the National People's Party with 19 seats, and comprise the United Democratic Party (6 seats), People's Democratic Front (4 seats), Hill State People's Democratic Party (2 seats) and one Independent.

Despite the BJP's success in Tripura, "it will not be possible at all to get through in West Bengal and Odisha".

Veteran party leader and former chief minister V.S. Achutanandan urged the party leadership to join hands with secular forces to fight the Sangh.

BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday downplayed the poll debacle of the party in Meghalaya. "There will be no impact of the results of the Northeastern states in Karnataka".

While the anti-incumbency factor was clearly evident across all the assembly elections in the northeast region, it is to be seen how BJP will customize its narrative to fit the political and social realities of the region.

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