BJP surges ahead in Nagaland (Lead, correcting intro)

Polling was countermanded in one following the death of a CPI (M) candidate.

The Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) was leading in 2 seats while Independents were ahead in 6 seats. "Go for change was our slogan and the people have accepted our campaign", BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters as elated party workers gathered in large numbers at the party office to celebrate the verdict. It has made a huge jump to 40.9 per cent votes in these elections.

BJP leaders say their key strategy for the state pitted the Manik Sarkar government against "Modi sarkar".

The HSPDP has won one seat and was ahead in one more.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Bharatiya Janata Party is all set for a historic win in Tripura assembly elections. Sources indicate that Biplab Deb has emerged as the chief ministerial candidate.

The counting for 59 seats of the 60 seats in the state began at 8:00 a.m. and the results are expected by the afternoon.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the man behind the BJP's recital in Tripura, said the grouping with IPFT (Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura) was the game changer.

As per the available trends for Meghalaya, the Congress won two seats and was leading in 19, the National People's Party is leading in 18 seats, BJP in four seats and others in 12 seats. Both states having one fact in common: the Left rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics.

The BJP had struck a pre-poll deal with NDPP for contesting 20 seats, but kept its options with the NPF open.

In Nagaland, the BJP has formed an alliance with NDPP, the political outfit headed by Neiphiu Rio. He is the front runner to become the chief minister. The NPF had criticised the BJP over the issue of Naga traditions, etc. The party also tried to fight the image of being anti-Christian.

They have toppled Manik Sarkar's CPM government that has ruled the state for 25 years.

"The BJP has, apart from other factors, utilised massive deployment of money and other resources to influence the election". Seven of its nine MLAs in Tripura joined BJP before the polls and it has struggled to find candidates in Nagaland. Polls in Tripura took place on February 18, and Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27 respectively.

  • Leroy Wright