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Setback for BJP, former party leady from West Shillong joins Congress

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The rebel Sony Khyriem said that the BJP workers are hurt and they will go to any length to ensure the victory of Congress

Ahead of the Northeast assembly elections, there is some good news for the Congress. In a much-needed boost for Congress former BJP leader Sony Khyriem of West Shillong officially joined the party on Saturday.

Khyriem clarifying his decision said even though he had worked on the ground level to strengthen saffron party’s base in the area with solo agenda of contesting elections, the BJP without even discussing with the party workers chose to not field a candidate in the West Shillong.

He further added, “We feel that it (BJP’s decision to not field the candidate in West Shillong) was a dictatorial and despotic decision and the best option for us now is to switch over to supporting the Congress,”.

The rebel Sony Khyriem said that the BJP workers are hurt and they will go to any length to ensure the victory of Congress. He said, “The Congress now has a very good chance to grab the seat and all erstwhile BJP workers would work in tandem to ensure victory for the Congress.”

Also read: The Meghalaya Assembly Battle: Can Congress retain the state?

However, the constituency will be a neck to neck fight for Congress as it has fielded Mohendro Rapsang against the working President of United Democratic Party legislator Paul Lyngdoh who is one of the heavyweight leaders in Meghalaya and National People’s Party nominee Havergail Bareh.

Recently, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)  president Vincent Pala has sent a letter to the former Congress minister RG Lyngdoh to rejoin the Congress party. Replying to Pala’s invitation Lyngdoh clarified that it will be inappropriate for him to rejoin Congress simply to bag a seat in the poll-bound Meghalaya elections

Veteran Congress leader RG Lyngdoh, was earlier suspended from the party in 2008 which later got lifted in 2014.

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Congress stumped in Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma to form a government with BJP

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Congress sent its senior leaders -Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to talk to other parties to form a coalition government. However, the regional parties decided to support the Conrad Sangma’s NPP-led coalition.

 

In a major jolt to Congress, the National People’s Party run by former Loksabha speaker P. A. Sangma’s son Conrad Sangma has claimed a stake to form the government in Meghalaya. On Saturday, the North-East assembly elections results came out. While BJP swiped Tripura and Nagaland, the situation in Meghalaya was in limbo. In Meghalaya, Congress had the majority with 21 seats while NPP stood second with 19 seats. BJP gained only 2 seats in the state.

Congress on Saturday itself called for a high-level meeting considering the situation in North-East and sent its senior leaders like Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to talk to other parties to form a coalition government. However, the efforts went in vain after the regional parties decided to support the NPP-led coalition.

On Saturday, Conrad Sangma met the governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad in presence of all the regional party legislators and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who played a key role for BJP in north-east as a strategist. The coalition includes NPP-19 seats, BJP-2 seats, PDF-4 seats, HSPDP-2, UDP-6 and one independent legislator making it a total tally of 34. The parties also unanimously agreed to Conrad Sangma’s Chief Ministership. He will be taking oath on Tuesday.

The Meghalaya Assembly Election results also have a larger impact nationally. While The BJP is able to form a government or be a part of the government in all the three states of North-East where its presence was minimal earlier, Congress has lost its one more bastions and is left with only four states. The developments in Meghalaya also remind of Goa Assembly Elections where Congress despite getting more seats couldn’t form a government and once again BJP came to power with a coalition government.

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North-East election results: BJP’s “Chalo Paltai” flips left out of Tripura

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Tripura for more than 20 years was ruled by Manik Sarkar of CPM. However, this time, BJP successfully managed to make inroads into the left bastion.

 

Breaking a spell of years, the saffron party BJP today took a massive leap in the northeastern state of Tripura. Bharatiya Janata Party which couldn’t even open its account in 2013 Assembly Election, is leading on 41 seats, while CPM is trailing behind on 19 seats.

Tripura for more than 20 years was ruled by Manik Sarkar of CPM. However, this time, BJP successfully managed to make inroads into the left bastion.

Initially, when the counting began BJP was trailing behind CPM. However, after four hours the trends showed a neck to neck fight between the CPM and BJP. In the second half of the counting, it became clear that BJP left the CPM far behind on number trail taking a lead of 41.

On the other hand, in Nagaland BJP which has forged an alliance with National Democratic Progressive party (NDPP) is leading on 26 seats. Whereas, NPF the former long-time ally of BJP, is leading on 28 seats. Congress, however, couldn’t even open its account in the state.

Meghalaya, which is one of the only states ruled by Congress, is moving towards a hung assembly. While Mukul Sangama led Congress gained a lead on 23 seats while National People’s Party is leading on 15 seats. However, BJP which has taken a massive lead in Nagaland and Tripura, couldn’t do much in the Congress bastion. BJP is trailing in Meghalaya on 4 seats only.

BJP’s North-east election convener Ram Madhav called it a historic verdict of people of Tripura. Madhav said, “CPM put up a spirited fight but people of Tripura have voted for change and have believed in our slogan ‘Chalo Paltai (let’s change).”

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North East Assembly Election: Big success for BJP in Tripura

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This is happening for the first time in India’s 65-year electoral history that CPI (M) and BJP are facing a direct fight at the state level.

Modi Magic once again worked in North East assembly elections. BJP now has all the reasons to smile. It is the miracle of Modi that Tripura shifted from leftist to rightist and BJP reached to the peak from zero.

In Tripura, BJP has not only demolished the Red Fort of the 25 years incumbent Manik Sarkar but is also going to form its own government.

BJP has rocked the roots of  Manik Sarkar, and one can guess this by looking at party’s performance five years ago. BJP had contested on 50 seats in 2013, but party’s securities later got confiscated in 49 seats. BJP received only one and a half percent votes. According to the exit polls, that have come today, BJP has got 50 per cent votes and the party will make the government here on its own. After completing 5 years, the situation looks completely different now.

Here CPM is facing the loss of the vote share. From 48 percent, the vote share has come down to 44 percent. Congress is facing the biggest loss.

In 2013, the same Congress, which got 36.53 percent votes, got less than 2 percent of the votes this time. After this result, the leftist government is now restricted to only Kerala. In the meantime, Bhartiya Janata Party workers are celebrating this historic victory in Tripura.

The biggest hero of this victory is Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose magic is spreading in the Northeast today. PM campaigned in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. The second her is undeniably BJP president Amit Shah, whose strategy worked in this assembly election and helped dethrone 25-year-old left government.

Last but not the list is Sunil Deodhar whose strategic policies have helped BJP to change its position from the ground up to the sky.

This is happening for the first time in India’s 65-year electoral history that CPI (M) and BJP are facing a direct fight at the state level. The CPI (M) has fielded 56 candidates in the state.

The party has left one-one seats of the constituency for Communist Party of All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party. BJP is contesting on 50 seats and has left nine seats for  Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura.

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