Congress respects the people's mandate: Rahul Gandhi on northeast polls

Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma waves at his supporters after winning in his constituency at Ampati in South West Garo Hills on March 3

The Congress has been losing one state after another to the BJP in the past few years.

He said that the party was comfortably placed and would again form the government in the state.

Leader of Opposition and UDP chief Donkupar Roy retained Shella seat for the seventh consecutive term, James Sangma retained Dadenggre seat for the third consecutive term, James' youngest sister and former Union Minister Agatha Sangma and former Meghalaya Rajya Sabha member Thomas Sangma also won elections as NPP nominees.

The MLAs of the BJP and the IPFT will meet in Agartala on March 6 to elect their leader, Tripura BJP president Biplab Deb said on Sunday, even as the saffron party's ally demanded a respectable representation in the government.

"The Parliamentary Board of the BJP thanks the voters of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya for reposing overwhelming support for the BJP, its allies and friendly parties", Nadda said in press statement.

The election results for Tripura on Saturday showed the BJP and its alliance partners had won comfortably, ending the 25-year reign of the communist government.

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NDPP secretary-general Abu Metha said the coalition is proposed to be named the People's Democratic Alliance. The battle and the focus now shifts to this state as assembly elections are just a couple of months away. It failed to open its account in Nagaland and Tripura.

In a series of tweet, Mr Siddaramaiah has criticised the BJP for projecting former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to lead the party in Karnataka. "There will be no impact of the results of the Northeastern states in Karnataka".

Downplaying the BJP's victory in Tripura, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said the BJP will never win West Bengal and Odisha, and dubbed it as "a cockroach dreaming of becoming a peacock by putting on its feathers".

"Though the BJP secured only two seats, we have 10 per cent vote share and we came second in as many as seven constituencies besides at least in two constituencies in Garo Hills, the winning margin of the opponent was very less", Sarma told reporters.

While the anti-incumbency factor was clearly evident across all the assembly elections in the northeast region, it is to be seen how BJP will customize its narrative to fit the political and social realities of the region.

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