Poll results show people have faith in democracy: Says -Modi
NEW DELHI : Today whenever I could watch TV, I saw results of Northeast all over…This is not a result of less distance between hearts but a reflection of a new ideology. Today’s poll results show people have faith in democracy,” says PM Narendra Modi while addressing party workers at BJP HQ in Delhi after the assembly election results in Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland.
“I thank Tripura for placing trust in BJP again. It is a victory of pro-development politics that BJP has delivered under PM Modi’s leadership. Together we will move ahead & build a prosperous Tripura,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.
“I thank people of Nagaland from bottom of my heart for choosing peace and progress by re-electing the PM Modi-led NDA back in power. The duo of PM Modi and CM Neiphiu Rio will continue to advance peace and development in the state and fulfil people’s aspirations,” he added.
“The manner in which BJP is winning the northeast and garnering people’s support in the region shows that the fruits of the work done by our government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reaching the far flung corners of the country. If we’re winning elections, it means we’re winning people’s confidence. Only the BJP will impact the poll outcomes in the enitre Northeast,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha said that his party will not have an alliance with TIPRA Motha becuause they have an agenda. “I want to congratulate, they (TIPRA Motha) worked hard. They have their own agenda that is why we cannot have alliance with them. It will be our opposition party. We will work together on tribal causes with them,” Saha said while speaking to ABP News. CPM leader Hannan Mollah blamed newly-formed TIPRA Motha for its loss in Tripura. “Tribal vote went to TIPRA motha, so our vote share declined,” he said.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday called up Union Home Minister Amit Shah to seek his help in securing another term after his National People’s Party (NPP) fell short of a majority in the state elections. His request was met without delay. Meghalaya’s election results appeared to head the way of the exit polls, with no party in clear majority, as votes were counted on Thursday amid tight security.
Mr Sangma’s party won 20 seats and was leading in six others, emerging as the single largest party. The majority mark in Meghalaya, where the assembly has 60 seats, is 31. Voting on one of the seats was cancelled and will be held later. The United Democratic Party (UDP) was in second place, winning 11 seats. The Congress and the Trinamool Congress appeared set to win five seats each, and the BJP two.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s main troubleshooter in the northeast, announced the party’s decision to support Mr Sangma. However, the alliance may still need to cobble together a few more seats to cross the magic number. Conrad Sangma had already dropped a hint that his alliance with the BJP, called off ahead of the elections, may soon be back on.
“If we get a fraction of the mandate, then we have to talk to parties to form the government… If a party can give voice to the northeast at the national level, we are working towards it,” Mr Sangma had told on Monday after an aggregate of four exit polls indicated that NPP might win about 20 seats. On Thursday, he said, “I thank the people of our state for having voted for our party. We are grateful to them. We are still short of the numbers and are waiting for the final results, after which we will decide on the way forward.”
Exit polls had predicted that the BJP, which won only two seats in the state in 2018, will marginally expand its tally, winning six seats. The Congress could win six seats and new entrant Trinamool Congress could open its account with 11 seats, exit polls indicated. In 2018, the BJP won only two seats but managed to form government with the NPP. This time, the two parties contested separately after a rift over corruption allegations against Mr Sangma’s party.