Committed to win back North-East people's trust: Rahul Gandhi

Outgoing chief minister Mukul Sangma said it was a normal process for party leaders from Delhi to come to Shillong to explore various possibilities and it was nothing new.

Minister Power Tamio Taga share the works related to his department and said that the state government is working for rural power supply either through electricity or through solar system.

The BJP and its new partner Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) will form the government in the state with the help of two candidates who offered their support soon after the assembly results were announced.

BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday downplayed the poll debacle of the party in Meghalaya.

That it has returned to haunt party again should be a wake-up call for Congress to go back and connect with its grassroots people in Tripura again.

"My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", he added.

After the 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.

The BJP won 35 seats in Tripura's state legislature against the CPI (M)'s 16 seats, according to India's Election Commission. "Such young candidates successfully won people's confidence", he said.

The BJP's strong showing came as a surprise for many as the party did not even have a councillor in Tripura.

However, it forged an alliance with the BJP on the basis of a common minimum agenda and the saffron party made it clear that it was opposed to the demand for a separate state. But NPF leader and chief minister T.R. Zeliang said soon afterwards that the BJP-NPF alliance, too, was still on.

"So let us not lose perspective: there is no Modi wave here", he tweeted. BJP is following a risky game of destabilisation, subversion and usurpation of power in North East, unmindful of the stability, security, peace and progress.

BJP is now all set to form the government in the state with its pre-poll ally NDPP along with an independent candidate and the lone JD (U) MLA.

In Nagaland, the right-wing party and its allies took almost half the seats and are poised to form the next government with the support of independent legislators.

Moving on to Meghalaya, Surjewala said every discordant party that fought BJP and each other, "ideologically-politically-electorally", is sewn up to form the government at any cost - NPP+UDP+PDF+HSDP+BJP+Ind.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expanded its dominance to the country's Northeast region by making impressive gains in the latest round of state elections.

A major complaint of the Congress leaders in the northeast has been that Joshi has not visited the states in the region enough and has not held enough consultations with them.

  • Rogelio Becker