“The BJP can also stop Congress to form their government in Meghalaya by allying with NPP and UDP.”
The three state election results came as a massive boost for the Bharatiya Janta Party ( BJP )-led alliance in the North-east region, ahead of the 2019-Lok Sabha election. While it’s alliance won the majority in Tripura and Nagaland, is also giving their full efforts to gain the majority in Meghalaya.
In this process, the BJP, which already rules 19 of 29 states, looks set to extend its saffron blanket to the northeast, having already got Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh in its kitty.
On the other hand, the three states’ assembly polls came as a yet another disappointment for the Congress Party. Their vote shares in Tripura fall drastically from 36.8% in 2013 to 1.36% in 2018. Similarly in Meghalaya where despite being the single largest party in the election, their chances for forming the government is also uncertain.
In the process, the Congress may lose one more state in which it was in power (Meghalaya). Besides the results also led the Left party to left with only one state of Kerala.
“In a way, the entire northeast is now with the BJP. Initially, we used to say ‘Congress mukt Bharat’ now I think we can say ‘Vaampanth Mukt Bharat’ (Left-free India) also,” said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
End of 25 years, CPM’s rule in Tripura:
In Tripura, the BJP-led alliance or the NDA were the giant killers. They together won 43 seats out of the total 59 seats, leaving the ruling party to be confined to just 16 seats.
The victory of BJP’s alliance here is seen as the failure of the Manik Sarkar’s government to provide employment to the local and tribal peoples of Tripura. The BJP has promised to provide employment opportunities in Tripura and will also set up an autonomous state council which would have access to funds directly from the Centre.
Besides the shifting of a large number of Congress’ MLAs to BJP is also seen as the reason behind their victory.
BJP strategically alliances to gain the majority in Nagaland:
In Nagaland, though BJP-led alliance came out as the single largest party in assembly polls, has failed to get the majority. Hence they decided to contest in alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). This was unusual because it is a partner in the current government with the Naga People’s Front (NPF).
BJP may exploit Meghalaya’s mandate:
In Meghalaya, Congress Party came out as a single largest party but failed to attain the majority. Here the BJP has won 2 seats and hence in order to restrict the Congress from forming the government in Meghalaya, they may together form an alliance with National People’s Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP). The NPP has also shown it’s deep interest to join hands with the BJP.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha member or the senior most leader of the Congress party, Ahmed Shah has confirmed that they are making the government in Meghalaya by forming alliance with the other categories parties.