Twenty five years of Left Front rule in Tripura collapsed in spectacular fashion Saturday when the BJP and its ally, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, stormed the communist citadel to secure what appeared to be a two-thirds majority in the 60-member House.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be seeking a second term next year if Lok Sabha elections are held on schedule, said the Tripura win was not an ordinary electoral victory.
“This journey from ‘Shunya’ to ‘Shikhar’ has been made possible due to a solid development agenda and the strength of our organisation… The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It is a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation… People do not have the time or respect for negative, disruptive and disconnected politics of any kind,” Modi said in a series of tweets.
BJP president Amit Shah said that his party’s impressive victory in the North East was a sign of things to come in the next few elections and had energised party cadres for the 2019 elections.
He said that though the NDA had won clear majority only in Tripura and Nagaland, the mandate in Meghalaya was not in favour of the Congress and was, in fact, a verdict for change.
Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb said he was ready to be Chief Minister, but a decision would have to be taken by the party’s parliamentary board.
In New Delhi, Shah told reporters: “I congratulate the people for accepting the leadership of Modiji and for putting their stamp of approval on his policies for the North East. These results show what is going to happen in the next few elections… Workers are charged up for the 2019 polls.”
By Esha Roy, Liz Mathew and Deeptiman Tiwary