The spectacular rise of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Northeast in the last three years may surprise some of the hardcore saffron party workers in other states of the country. Since independence, BJP was an insignificant political player in the region that boasts of seven beautiful but troubled states of the country. First the BJP had surprised everyone by winning full majority in Assam for the first time. Later, it went on to form governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. In Nagaland, the government is run by BJP's political allies and the party is now confident of dismantling Left's last citadel in the east, Tripura, as well as winning in Mizoram. One of the reasons behind the rise of BJP in the Northeast is certainly people's desire for change. For a region that has been deprived of development because of an apparent bias from the leaders of the North for decades, a desire for change is not that surprising. But then, there is more to saffron surge in the Northeast than just people's desire for change. It is hard work and smart work, not just by the BJP leaders but also of the RSS cadres who have managed to gravitate people of all communities, including some Christians in Manipur, towards the BJP. According to The Indian Express, 15 Sangh-affiliated organisations have been active in Manipur for around three decades. \u201cIt is a fact that the BJP worked hard. But one must also remember that various Sangh wings have been working very hard for years, both in the Imphal Valley as well as the surrounding hill districts,\u201d Jagdamba Mall, a veteran RSS organiser who has spent 40 years in Nagaland and was deputed to Manipur for the elections, told IE. . Mall claimed the people of all religious faith have trusted the welfare programmes carried out by RSS. This trust was converted into votes. RSS prachar pramukh of Uttar Assam prant told IE that all good works done by Sangh have "paid dividends." The Uttar Assam prant covers regions of Assam, entire Nagaland and Meghalaya. Some of the RSS organisations working in the region are: Sewashram, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Sewa Bharati, Kisan Sangha, ABVP, Vidya Bharati, Friends of Tribal Society or Van Bandhu Parishad, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharatiya Jan Seva Sansthan, Bharat Kalyan Pratishthan, Bal Sanskar Kendra, and the Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh which runs a number of educational institutions in the region. According to IE, RSS had around 650 such units in the region in 1995. Now it has around 6000. There are around 3000 Ekal Vidyalayas, over 120 shakhas and mandalis in Manipur alone. The Sangh is now hopeful of winning Christian-dominated Meghayala as well as Left-dominated Tripura.