Meghalaya govt formation: How BJP outwitted Congress, again

The party may have won only two seats in Meghalaya but it has succeeded in disrupting its rival Congress from forming the government. It was ousted from power from its main bastion, West Bengal state, in 2011 by a regional group that ended 34 years of its continuous rule there.

With the curtains having been drawn to the Nagaland Assembly Election 2018 on March 3 with the completion of vote counting, it became clear that the NDPP-BJP alliance weaved its magic as they managed to garner 29 seats together.

Spotlighting the differences between the BJP and its coalition partners in the northeast, the Congress today accused the party of playing a "dangerous game of destabilising the region through its blind quest for power at any cost".

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Deb, 48, met the 69-year-old Left leader at the Communist Party of India-Marxist Tripura state headquarters, where the BJP leader went to pay his last respects to Fisheries and Cooperative Department Minister Khagendra Jamatia, who died at the AIIMS in New Delhi on Friday after suffering from blood cancer.

Rahul Gandhi's reaction came two days after results for assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland were declared on Saturday.

The Congress chief alleged that the BJP is "obsessed" with "grabbing" power and has shown "utter disregard" to the mandate of people in Meghalaya. He squarely blamed Joshi for the party failing to win a single seat in the state.

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The People's Democratic Front (PDF) bagged four seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and three Independents got one seat each. NPP, leader Conrad Sangma is expected to be sworn in as the chief minister of the state on Tuesday, March 6. Tell tale signs of BJP s blind quest for power superseding the stability of region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible, Surjewala said. The battle and the focus now shifts to this state as assembly elections are just a couple of months away. Mizoram is the only state in the northeast with a non-NDA government.

From being an insignificant player in the Northeast's politics, the BJP has come a long way since its emphatic win in the national parliamentary polls almost four years ago.

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