New Delhi, March 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the BJP’s victory n the Tripura Assembly elections to BJP workers, and launched a scathing attack on the politics of the Left. PM Modi also dedicated this victory to BJP martyrs in Tripura, Bengal and Kerala who were allegedly killed by Left forces. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge

In Tripura, the BJP and its ally IPFT, a tribal-dominated party, had won 43 seats. The CPI-M, which had 50 seats in the last elections, had won only 16 seats. Also Read - Impose Complete Lockdown in India: Traders' Body Urges PM Modi Amid COVID Surge

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PM Modi’s comments came at an address he delivered at the BJP’s new headquarters in New Delhi, hours after the BJP won the Tripura from the Left, which had ruled the state for 25 years.

PM Modi paused his speech midway as soon as Azaan (Muslim prayer) began from a nearby mosque. The Maghreb Azaan began at a nearby mosque, minutes after PM Modi started his speech. The Maghreb Azaan is given out at dusk.

Till the time Azaan continued, PM Modi and party workers maintained complete silence in order to pay respect to the Muslim prayer.

When he resumed, he dedicated the victory in Tripura to BJP karyakartas who were allegedly killed by Left forces.

“The sun is red when it is sets. But when it rises, it turns saffron. This is a new age for the Northeast,” PM Modi said to BJP workers.

“When you are in politics you need to know how to handle defeats. Looking at the way the Left has reacted to the verdict, it seemed that they need to learn sportsmanship. The people have watched what has happened, they have seen how things were done. And, they have responded with their votes,” said Modi.

“Whether it is Tripura, Kerala or West Bengal, they are not those who will address things politically. They are those people who will take the path of violence. And if we raise an arm to defend ourselves, there will be accusations of vendetta,” he said.

PM Modi also launched a scathing attack on Congress party and said that the grand old party has perhaps had a small political footprint in India.