BJP ally in Tripura demands separate state for tribals

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Moving on to Meghalaya, Surjewala said every discordant party that fought BJP and each other, "ideologically-politically-electorally", is sewn up to form the government at any cost - NPP+UDP+PDF+HSDP+BJP+Ind. "Good for Northeast, good for India", Kiren Rijiju, a federal minister, said on Saturday.

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. The BJP has been riding a wave of rising Hindu nationalism in the country.

A draft political resolution, which is going to be taken up by the party Congress in April, has ruled out any understanding or alliance with the Congress party. They said their earlier alliance with the BJP stands because two BJP Ministers did not resign from the NPF-led government.

Party president N C Debbarma told ANI, "The elections are a separate issue, our demand has for years been to create a separate state for tribal people of Tripura".

These two constituencies are symbolically extremely important for both BJP and opposition parties as the present Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister were elected from there in 2014. Tripura victory will prompt BJP to go ballistic in the remaining Left pitch - Kerala - besides positioning itself as the real challenger to Trinamool in Bengal.

Congress had long ignored the electoral significance of Northeast and had depended on being in power at the Centre and the "intelligence network" that runs parallel to elected governments in some of these states.

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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.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are the architects for the historic performance of the party in the northeast. The BJP and NDPP together have 30 lawmakers. 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.

For the BJP, forming government in Nagaland will mean consolidating its position further in the north east.

The obvious problem with this strategy is that, even after putting all their resources to use in Gujarat, Congress still came up short. "The BJP was able to consolidate all the anti-Left votes virtually appropriating the erstwhile main opposition party, the Congress".

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".

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