BJP committed to the North East: Modi

Sunil Deodhar

NPP President Conrad K. Sangma, who has arrived in Shillong, is expected to meet leaders of regional and otehr parties - United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), People's Democratic Front (PDF), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Khun Hyniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) to seek their support to form the non-Congress government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the BJP workers who lost their lives at the BJP headquarters in the national capital.

Zeliang said his party has been a BJP ally since 2003.

In an unexpected and massive win, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) won eight of nine seats it contested in the state Assembly election on Saturday. A faction of the NPF is bound to defect to the BJP-led alliance if no coalition gets a simple majority.

It seems that the Left and its leaders are getting soaked in troll rains over their humiliating defeat in Tripura election. While the BJP has won a clear verdict in Tripura, ending the long reign of the Left in one of its last bastions in the country, the lingering haziness in Meghalaya would strengthen the age-old inclination of several regional parties to align with the party in power at the Centre.

"Congress being the single largest party should be invited by the Governor to form its government".

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Maharathy, a veteran BJD leader in coastal Puri district, had announced before the results of the Bijepur by-polls were announced that he would resign from the ministry if BJP won the seat.

Among the prominent winners, Chief Minister T R Zeliang of the NPF won against the NDPP's Iherie Ndang by 5,432 votes.

All the seven Congress MLAs who joined the BJP a year ago won from their respective constituencies.

With the final tally, BJP secured a comfortable number of 35 seats while its ally, IPFT secured 8 and combining the two, the BJP-IPFT alliance stands at a staggering number of 43 seats while the Left only managed to win in 15 seats so far with controversies erupting in Dhanpur constituency which is also the home turf of incumbent Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

"We have not parted with the alliance". The BJP expects that it could dethrone Siddaramaiah-led Congress government riding on the latest victory and bury the setback it received in Gujarat polls. The BJP got two. After a two-minute pause for azaan from a mosque near the new BJP office, Modi observed silence for the victims of political violence, an issue that BJP and RSS have raised up in West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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