Cong respects NE mandate, will win back trust: Rahul Gandhi

Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma waves at his supporters after winning in his constituency in the Meghalaya Assembly elections at Ampati in South West Garo Hills on March 3

Cong respects NE mandate, will win back trust: Rahul Gandhi

"Obsessed instead with grabbing power, using big money to create an opportunistic alliance", Mr Gandhi tweeted on Monday evening. Even in Tripura, where the Congress got 45 per cent of the vote share in the 48 seats it contested in 2013, the party drew a blank this time on account of the apathy of the central leadership thereby ceding its space in entirety to the BJP.

"The Congress party respects the mandate of the people Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya", he said, again on Twitter. Former Chief Minister and veteran party leader V S Achuthanandan said that the party's defeat in the Tripura should be viewed with utmost seriousness.

Congress leader Kamal Nath told reporters that his party is hopeful of forming the government in Meghalaya with support from other parties.

Elections in Manipur and Goa had played out in exactly the same manner previous year - the Congress was the largest party with no party getting a majority, but failed to get support to form government.

The BJP's audacious display in unseating the five-term Left regime led by the popular Manik Sarkar can compare to the compelling regime change effected by Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress-when they ejected the Left Front that had ruled West Bengal for 35 years.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expanded its dominance to the country's Northeast region by making impressive gains in the latest round of state elections. The Congress which had 10 seats now reduced to zero. He said the failure of Congress to hold on their influence was a primary reason for BJP's victory.

The rise of BJP in northeastern region is phenomenal. The resultant anti-incumbency and BJP holding power at the Centre played its part in non-Congress parties coming together, facilitated by the BJP.

In case of Tripura, the rise of BJP is simply remarkable. The Left Front had lost in 1988 Assembly polls to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine by just one seat. The win boosts the BJP ahead of next year's national elections. BJP is following a risky game of destabilisation, subversion and usurpation of power in North East, unmindful of the stability, security, peace and progress.

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.

He also said that the poll result of the state should not be viewed lightly and all the patriots in the country have the responsibility to check and isolate any effort of the communal forces gaining strength in the country.

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