BJP Celebrates Saffron Surge in North East; Wins Nagaland Polls

BJP Celebrates Saffron Surge in North East; Wins Nagaland Polls
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The BJP finally raises the toast to its much anticipated win in the North East after wresting power in Tripura and Nagaland, against all odds, going on to rule in 21 out of the 29 states in India. BJP’s Hindutva wave is finally seeing the daylight with both the Congress and Left bastion crumbling down, Meghalaya being an exception.

All the news channels and social media platforms are flooded with messages and videos streaming BJP’s landslide emphatic victory in the North East, thanks to the party’s well-oiled campaign machinery and the full commitment to convince the targeted sections of the electorate.

With so many consecutive wins in its kitty the BJP can certainly claim the tall order of governance for the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2019. BJP has created history with its emergence in so many states.

It broke the Congress’ record of ruling 18 states 24 years ago and confirmed that BJP’s juggernaut is capable of moving mandates even in the traditional Leftist and Congress bastions.

Union Home Minister of state and election in-charge for Nagaland Kiren Rijuju declared the BJP-NDPP alliance in Nagaland with the ruling NPF (Naga Peoples Front)also joining the coalition, under the aegis of former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Before the elections, the political scenario in Nagaland was complicated with both the Congress and the BJP sharing seats in the ruling government. But just prior to the election the BJP drifted apart from the ruling coalition with NPF and joined hands with the National Progressive Democratic Party (NDPP) floated by former CM Neiphiu Rio.

While the NDPP-BJP alliance struck the chord by grabbing 29 seats, the ruling NPF emerged as the single largest party bagging 27 seats raising concerns over a hung parliament and finally inviting BJP to the table to strike an alliance.

In the final tally at the Nagaland assembly elections, the NPF won 27 seats, NDPP 17 seats, BJP 12 seats and the JD(U)  single seat, while the Congress falling flat without a single seat in the 60 seats assembly.

Union Minister Rijuju stated that the NPF has already passed a resolution to form a government with BJP. Both the JD(U) and NPF which also support the BJP-led NDA at the centre have decided to form a stable government in the state.

Even though the NPF (Naga People’s Front) bagged maximum number of seats in the polls it still felt short of 2 seats to win a clear mandate in the house.

Reiterating its support for the saffron party NPF leader and Chief Minister TR Zeilang was quoted as saying, “We have not parted with the alliance. I hope BJP will join our government. I will welcome it if they join us,”.

BJP’s performance has taken off since the last assembly elections in 2013 when it won a single seat against the Congress’ 8 seats and NPF’s 38 seats.

And undoubtedly pairing with NDPP headed by power broker Neiphiu Rio has worked wonders for BJP. RIo who clinched his spot from the northern Angamai-II seat, has led the state for 11 years and is the projected to be sworn in as the next CM.

Reacting to the positive winds of change for BJP union minister Rijuju signalled a new political direction for the state. It will shape the future of Nagaland with more jobs, better connectivity and greater recognition of rights for Naga factions.

He stressed that the saffron party is already working on the new political agenda for the state given the tremendous affection showered by the people of Nagaland their unwavering faith on its leader Narendra Modi’s vision for Nagaland.

BJP’s winning spree comes straight on heels of retaining power for the sixth term in Gujarat and snatching Himachal Pradesh from Congress.

For BJP these consecutive victories are a declaration of Narendra Modi’s 2019 Lok Sabha campaign slogan for a Congress-free India.

Ever since the BJP came to power it has wrested power from the Congress in the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Assam, Manipur. It even pulled off a grand show by defeating Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh.

While it lost fort in Delhi and Bihar it managed to forge a coalition with Nitish kumar’s  JD(U) in Bihar through an anti-incumbency plan.

Spirited by the victories in Tripura and Nagaland, BJP has now shifted its focus to poll bound Karnataka, yet another Congress bastion in its ambit.

With its strategic poll tactics and arsenal of Hindutva wave  BJP seems undaunted in its efforts to usher the nation into the golden era, which it says could be achieved only after its wins in Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala. We earnestly believe that Modi wave can steal the show.

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