party and projected him as presumptive chief minister. Acharya has invited the three-time chief minister to form a government.

This approach worked, with the BJP (that fielded 51 candidates) winning 35 seats on its own, and its tribal ally, Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), winning eight of the nine seats it contested. 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.

Some political observers attribute the BJP's good showing in the Northeast to the party's determination to expand its rule.

The NDPP and the BJP have won 18 and 12 seats respectively while the lone JD (U) MLA G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were backing the alliance, Metha said.


In Tripura, the Congress leader said, BJP has aligned with the IPFT, a party with division of the state as its election plank which is now demanding a tribal chief minister.

"The BJP's victory in Tripura was the sabotage of democracy". The BJP and NDPP together have 30 lawmakers. Yes, BJP leaders in charge of Nagaland like Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said it was important for the state to have a government with the BJP as a partner as it would help in an effective implementation of the Naga peace agreement as and when it is signed.

It becomes empirically clear that the Tripura verdict is more significant, both in ideological as well as strategic terms - and certainly far more revolutionary - than the B T Ranadive line prevailing against the revisionist P C Joshi one within the undivided Communist Party of India. But the Bhartiya Janata Party which was zero in 2013 emerged as Hero in 2018 within 43 seats alongwith its local ally People Front of Tripura. The results of the bypolls are disturbing for BJP because the party is in power in both these states with Congress as the most potent opposition.

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.


After losing Alwar and Ajmer to Congress by a wide margin earlier last month, BJP suffered another huge jolt as it lost bypolls in Madhya Pradesh to Congress.

The obvious problem with this strategy is that, even after putting all their resources to use in Gujarat, Congress still came up short.

To what extent is the Congress responsible for the BJP's rise in the Northeast? "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.


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