The Hush Post: In a huge setback for the CPM, the Manik Sarkar government has been ousted by the BJP which may pick Biplab Deb to head its government. In Meghalaya, the Congress has emerged as the single-largest party, but the BJP is confident of forming the government along with UDP and NPP. Congress has already rushed senior leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel to Shillong to check horse-trading and hold alliance talks, while the BJP has dispatched Himanta Biswa Sarma to cobble together an alliance. In Nagaland, to, the saffron party has consolidated its position with the BJP-NDPP alliance set to wrest power from the NPF+. The BJP-NDPP’s CM face Neiphiu Rio has already won unopposed from Northern Angami-II.
In a series of tweets, an ecstatic Prime Minister Narendra Modi has weighed in on the party’s grand victory in Tripura as well as the good showing in Nagaland. Calling the Tripura election an “epoch making one”, the PM said that what “my sisters and brothers of Tripura have done is extraordinary. No words will be enough to thank them for the phenomenal support towards @BJP4Tripura. We will leave no stone unturned in transforming Tripura.” He said that the “the journey from ‘Shunya’ to ‘Shikhar’ has been made possible due to a solid development agenda and the strength of our organisation. “I bow to every BJP Karyakarta for working assiduously on the ground for years. The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It is a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves,” he tweeted.