New Delhi, March 3: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be heading towards the majority mark in close contest in Tripura, the party says it is confident to form the government in all three northeastern states where counting of votes of Assembly election is underway. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Donates One Month Salary in Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic
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“The trends in all three states point to a new political direction, it will have an effect on national politics as well. We are confident of forming Govt in all three,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju told the media. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: No Sporting Events in India Till April 15, Says Kiren Rijiju
Left’s stronghold, Tripura, is witnessing a seesaw battle between the ruling CPI (M) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After leading the race initially, the CPI (M), which has been ruling Tripura since 1993, appears to be failing to keep the momentum. As per the trends available till 10:45 AM, the BJP was ahead on 32 seats while CM Manik Sarkar-led CPI (M) 27 seats.
In the 60-seat Tripura Assembly, a party needs 31 to win a majority and form government and exit polls have predicted a huge win for the saffron party.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was the BJP’s chief election strategist for Assembly elections in the three northeastern state, also appeared confident of his party removing the Left from power in Tripura.
“Trends are encouraging, I am hopeful and confident that BJP will form the Govt in Tripura,” Sarma said.
Senior CPI leader Brinda Karat appeared confident of Left’s win in the state. “We are very confident, let more rounds of counting complete, our leads are going to get much bigger,” Karat said.
In Meghalaya, the Congress has emerged as the single largest party as per the trends available so far. The Rahul Gandh-led party is ahead on 22 seats, the NPP on 16 and others on 14. The BJP was leading on just seven seats.
In Nagaland, the Congress appears to be headed towards a disastrous show while the BJP is set to win big in the northeastern state. As per trends available for 59 out of 60 seats, the BJP is ahead on 29 seats, NPF on 26. Congress is leading on just one seats, others on three.