Northeast elections: Congress committed to win back their trust, says Rahul Gandhi

Preview Congress may lose Meghalaya not to the BJP but to an underdog

The elections in 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly were held on February 18 and results for the State, Meghalaya and Nagaland were announced on Saturday that made BJP nearly sweep the entire North-East, capturing power in seven of the eight States (except Mizoram) in the region that was once dominated by the Congress and the Left. We are committed to strengthening our party across the North East and to winning back the trust of the people.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has finally broken his silence on the poll debacle in the Assembly elections in northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The BJP on Saturday won a historic mandate in Tripura, where it won 43 out of 60 seats to form its first ever government in an otherwise Left bastion.

"Similar was the case with the Congress and Trinamool Congress party workers who too joined us and helped increase our votes", he added. After Gujarat, where they just fell short of pulling off what would have been a potential game-changing upset against the incumbent BJP regime, hopes had abound about a Congress recovery. That year, he was made the BJP's Tripura in-charge and was instrumental in appointing Biplab the State unit's youngest ever party chief.

Terming its drubbing in the Tripura assembly polls as temporary, the ruling CPI (M) in Kerala alleged that BJP's victory in that State was due to the 'influence of their power at the Centre'.

Conrad Sangma, who leads BJP ally the NPP (National People's Party), will take oath as Meghalaya chief minister tomorrow.

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The BJP was zero here in 2013 now may have solace by winning just 2 seats in 60 member House. BJP is following a unsafe game of destabilisation, subversion and usurpation of power in North East, unmindful of the stability, security, peace and progress. The BJP has been riding a wave of rising Hindu nationalism in the country.

He pointed out that CPI (M) secured 42.7 per cent votes by overcoming all types of "political machinations" of BJP in that state. Two lawmakers - an Independent and one from the JD (U) - have already pledged support to the BJP-NDPP alliance.

The failure of the Congress to hold on their influence was a primary reason for the victory of the BJP. The BJP's spectacular performance came as a surprise for many as the party did not even have a councillor in Tripura.

In Tripura, Surjewala said the BJP aligned with IPFT - whose election plank is division of state and is now demanding a tribal Chief Minister - and asked whether the BJP stands for division of Tripura and would it reject the demand for a tribal CM.

Though with 27 seats, the National People's Front (NPF) emerged as the single largest party, it failed to put together the simple majority mark of 31.

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