"Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics", said Seema Mustafa, a political analyst who runs the Centre for Policy Analysis think-tank in New Delhi.

The Congress, which had 10 members in the outgoing assembly, drew a blank this time.

Balloting in Charilam (reserved for the tribals) has been deferred to March 12 after CPI-M candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died a week before the polls.

While the unprecedented consolidation of Bengali and tribal votes was seen as the reason behind the BJP alliance's triumph, the CPM accused it of using "money and muscle power" to win the elections. A faction of the NPF is bound to defect to the BJP-led alliance if no coalition gets a simple majority. "There is no discussion with the NDPP at any point of time".


Meghalaya, once a Congress bastion, appeared headed for a non-Congress government.

Shah had in September a year ago set an ambitious "Mission 120" of winning at least 120 of the 147 assembly seats in Odisha after BJP registered unexpected success in the rural polls. "The BJP has two ministers in my cabinet", he told NDTV.

Patro was reacting to Shah's statement in Delhi that BJP's golden period will start when it forms government in Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala. The KHNAM and NCP have won one seat each and independents three.

He said that he was confident that the party would live up to the expectations of the people of Tripura.


Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was expected to join the celebrations but could not as he was caught up in work, a BJP leader said. "The CM will also address a press conference at the state BJP office", the BJP leader said.

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