Tripura poll defeat a temporary setback: Pinarayi

BJP Tripura Victory

She has also spoken to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who recently announced that his party will go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls and not in alliance with BJP.

Imphal: The Manipur unit of the BJP will celebrate the party's victory in Tripura and "impressive" win in Nagaland and Meghalaya for a week to mark the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development programmes in the Northeast. The Congress, which had ruled for decades in the post-independence period, had become "weaker now", the 94-year-old Marxist veteran said in a statement here.

As per reports coming from Agartala, the BJP is likely to form its government by March 8. He pointed out that CPI (M) secured 42.7 per cent votes by overcoming all types of "political machinations" of BJP in that State.

Conrad Sangma, who leads BJP ally the NPP (National People's Party), will take oath as Meghalaya chief minister tomorrow.

Another Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath had also joined BJP two months before the Assembly elections and was disqualified by the Speaker under the anti-defection law.

After 2008, the north eastern state will see for the first time a multi-party coalition government. Party spokesperson and research cell in-charge Rajeev Gowda, however, said the Northeast results were an "aberration" and the national trend was against the BJP.

Unmarried, the former teacher from suburban Andheri here runs an initiative called "My Home India" which aims to establish a communication channel between communities and tribes of the North East.

Hard times indeed for the Left front, with the scheduled Party Congress of the CPI (M) now an opportunity for serious introspection and soul searching. "We are on track", he said. This is a setback to the secular democratic forces in the country.

While the saffron party scripted a history by winning 35 seats, its partner IPFT, having substantial base among the tribals in the Northeastern State, won eight seats making the combine strength to 43 in the 60 seat State Assembly.

Hitting out at the Congress chief, Union minister Giriraj Singh had said, "He is not a natural leader, he is a gift of circumstances".

The failure of the Congress to hold on their influence was a primary reason for the victory of the BJP. Similarly, sources said, the TMC leadership is now planning to have a meeting with TRS MPs, especially against the backdrop of the conversation between Rao and Banerjee.

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in Tripura ending the left front's 25-year rule, state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said he was ready to take on the mantle of chief minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the party's parliamentary board.

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