Committed to winning back trust of people in northeast, says Rahul Gandhi

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Extending his best wishes to people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, Mr Surjewala said, "We sincerely pray & hope that peace, progress, cohabitation & development will be the agendas pursued by new governments".

In Nagaland, the right-wing party and its allies took almost half the seats and are poised to form the next government with the support of independent legislators.

The BJP won 35 seats in Tripura's state legislature against the CPI (M)'s 16 seats, according to India's Election Commission. The BJP and its allies already rule Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, while the Congress is in power in Mizoram.

A verity of factors, not limited to anti-incumbency, led the BJP claiming victory in Tripura and could see the party form governments in Meghalaya and Nagaland, post-election the way it did in Manipur a year ago.

However, shielding the party president, the Congress party asserted that it is not a crime to visit one's grandmother.

After the poor Congress performance in elections in the Northeastern states, the results of which were declared on Saturday, the party's morale was at a low, with no leader willing to speak out about the loss. NPP, leader Conrad Sangma is expected to be sworn in as the chief minister of the state on Tuesday, March 6.

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In case of Tripura, the rise of BJP is simply remarkable.

Chief minister of Tripura for the past 20 years, Sarkar, who has been in the election fray for the past 37 years (since 1981), has been elected to the state assembly seven times - in 1981 (by-polls), 1983, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018. The ruling Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party but fell short of the majority mark, was left out in the cold.

He followed it up with another tweet taking a dig at BJP president and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa who went to jail over corruption charges during his tenure as CM. Congress won a majority and formed the government in 2008.

The Congress put up a dismal show in Tripura and Nagaland, securing merely 2.1 percent and 1.8 percent of the vote share respectively.

With talks still underway with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muviah) and other Naga nationalist groups, the BJP is spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a partner. The NPP came second with 19 seats in its kitty.

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