Nagaland: NDPP, BJP and others elect Neiphiu Rio as their leader

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He also said that no one can stop BJP from winning the forthcoming elections. "Good for Northeast, good for India", Kiren Rijiju, a federal minister, said on Saturday. The Gujarat Assembly elections in December showed that this government has failed rural India and as far as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are concerned, it's unlikely that BJP will be able to retain these states unless the Prime Minister can manage to advance general election to coincide with the state polls later this year. That is because Congress has been a halfhearted challenger due to practical compulsion of Congress-CPM tactical tango against BJP in national politics all these years since demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.

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.

In fact, the Tripura verdict should answer revisionist doubts once and for about the CPI (M)'s ideological necessity not to form a tactical, ideologically diversionary alliance with the Congress or any other comprador class - even as these forces will now seek out the Party for their own purposes.

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.

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". 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). 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.

In Nagaland too, the picture has become clear today.

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

While the BJP wrested the Left bastion of Tripura and received an invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, it was a hung Assembly in Meghalaya.

The Congress's euphoria over recent by-poll victories may have been punctured after the party's dismal performance in the Northeast, but its leaders believe the results will have no bearing on Karnataka, which they are confident of holding on to. The new Government will take oath on Thursday. Along with the eight constituencies the IPFT won, the saffron front has 43 seats in the House.

To what extent is the Congress responsible for the BJP's rise in the Northeast? The Congress seemed to have abdicated to the extent that party president Rahul Gandhi came to campaign in Tripura only on the last day of electioneering.

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