Manik Sarkar resigns, to continue as caretaker CM in Tripura

Posted March 05, 2018

A delegation of three Congress leaders -Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and C.P. Joshi-met the governor at 7 pm last night, they said.

The BJP said on Saturday it and its allies have got full majority in Meghalaya, where results have thrown up a hung Assembly, and appointed Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons as observers in the state.

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in Tripura ending the left front's 25-year rule, state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday said he was ready to take on the mantle of chief minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the party's parliamentary board.

He further claimed that he had a meeting with National People's Party (NPP) state unit president today and the latter had "agreed to extend support" to the NDPP-BJP alliance.

"We are in talks".

In his speech at the BJP Head Quarter in New Delhi Prime Minister said that all the political shades merged into saffron colour in North East. "It is much below our expectation", the three-time chief minister said while replying to a query by reporters. "We are in touch with some winners from BJP who want to form government with NPF".

The NDPP-BJP alliance, forged before the elections, managed to unseat the regional NPF, which is again an ally of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. The BJP spiced up the campaign by putting a dynamic new leader of the party, Himanta Biswa Sarma, a top Assam minister and convenor of the North-East Democratic Alliance (Neda), as its in-charge for the Tripura polls. I thank the people.

The elections in 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly were held on February 18.

When asked if Shah's assurance to a poll-bound state, especially when a central Tribunal hearing the dispute for several years was likely to deliver its verdict soon, was fair, Tendulkar said: "You should ask him".

Modi's BJP is now governing 19 of India's 29 states, compared with five by the Congress party.

Brinda Karat, an opposition leader blamed the left front's defeat in Tripura on the "unprecedented deployment of money" by the BJP and its Hindu nationalist mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "Whoever brings the signatures of more than 30 elected members I will accept", he said.

Senior party leaders also felt that the CPM could not match the organisational strength of the BJP, which went with the slogan "Chalo Paltai".

The BJP, an ally of the NPF in Nagaland since 2003, opted to strike a pre-poll deal with the NDPP that was formed past year by a group of leaders allegedly sidelined in the NPF.