BJP's risky games, quest for power destabilising Northeast: Congress

  • BJP's risky games, quest for power destabilising Northeast: Congress

BJP's risky games, quest for power destabilising Northeast: Congress

All said and done, it also depends on Congress to grab the opportunity and unite to take on BJP. Acharya has invited the three-time chief minister to form a government. While the electoral significance of Karnataka can not be understated, this strategy is not likely to work against the marauding BJP if Congress wishes to retain its position as the national alternative. "The Congress, which had ruled for decades in the post-independence period, has become weaker now", the 94-year-old Marxist veteran said in a statement here.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and union ministers had camped in the small state before elections, Balan said, adding that the saffron party had even joined hands with "separatists" for the poll victory.

On Saturday, the ruling NPF and its allies won 30 seats; and the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA), comprising the BJP and the NDPP, had secured 29 seats.

The loss in Tripura has also once again revived the debate within the party on whether to enter into anti-BJP alliances with other secular parties. Party president Conrad Sangma, presently the MP from the state's Tura Lok Sabha seat, is set to be the next chief minister and will be sworn in tomorrow (March 5).

"Communists appeared to have thrown in the towels and surrendered to the BJP; it is not known whether Communist leaders were threatened by Central investigating agencies".

The bitter truth that BJP, being an incumbent, lost the Rajasthan bypolls and that too to its arch-rival, Congress, does not present a rosy picture with the general election right around the corner.

An order signed on Sunday by EC Secretary Arvind Kumar said a tabulation error made by the Returning Officer on Saturday led to the declaration of N.R. Zeliang of the Naga People's Front (NPF) as the victor of the Tenning constituency instead of Namri Nchang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

Ch. Vikram Randhawa, on Sunday celebrated the stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the two North Eastern states.

The BJP has officially announced that they are with NDPP in Nagaland and will go ahead with government formation in the state.

However, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan is yet to react on the poll results of Tripura, where the CPM-led Left was unseated after 25 years of rule. True, BJP seems to have deep pockets and an unlimited supply of cash through its capitalist friends and other sources.

The Northeast, which borders Myanmar, Bangladesh and China, represents about eight per cent of India's land area and is home to four per cent its population of 1.3 billion. "I told them to get a letter of support from the BJP chief within 48 hours, though (NPF president) Shurhozelie Liezietsu had written to Mr. Shah long ago about alliance", Mr. Acharya said.