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Party spokesperson and research cell in-charge Rajeev Gowda, however, said the Northeast results were an "aberration" and the national trend was against the BJP.

Another Congress leader felt the BJP would "pay dearly" for banking on former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa as he had earlier been jailed. The BJP on its own won 35 seats, four more than the half-way mark, while its ally IPFT won eight seats.

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). Congress-ruled Mizoram will vote later this year.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and union ministers had camped in the small state before elections, Balan said, adding that the saffron party had even joined hands with "separatists" for the poll victory. He said the BJP secured almost half of the total vote share in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya, which shows that voters are increasingly in favour of the saffron party. It has posted a big win in Tripura on Saturday, uprooting the CPM after 25 years of rule and ending the 20-year run of the Left party's Manik Sarkar as chief minister. The NDPP and the BJP won 18 and 12 seats respectively while the lone JD (U) MLA G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were backing the alliance, NDPP Secretary General Abu Metha said.

"A new political landscape led by BJP is firmly established in the region now".

Congress bit the dust while the BJP romped home to an unprecedented victory in Tripura, upsetting the apple-cart of the Communists (Marxist) who had been ruling the State for more than two decades.

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In Nagaland too, the picture has become clear today.

BJP's victory was a challenge to the democracy and the national integrity, Balan told reporters at Kasaragod district.

"Tripura voters have given their mandate for a BJP-IPTF government in the state".

The Congress emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats in Meghalaya but didn't get enough numbers to form the government, while it drew blank in Nagaland and Tripura. True, BJP seems to have deep pockets and an unlimited supply of cash through its capitalist friends and other sources. The Congress seemed to have abdicated to the extent that party president Rahul Gandhi came to campaign in Tripura only on the last day of electioneering. The Congress and the NPP are evenly poised to stitch up an alliance, but the NPP, which is close to the BJP and is an NDA ally, has a better chance of bringing regional parties on its side.

"Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics", said Seema Mustafa, a political analyst who runs the Centre for Policy Analysis think tank in New Delhi.


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