Continuing its post-2014 winning spree, and reinforcing its claim of being a truly ‘national party’, the BJP swept to victory in Tripura, defeating an entrenched Left Front government, and ensured India would now have 15 chief ministers from the party. “From Kohima to Kutch, our party is in power,” BJP president Amit Shah said in a press conference on Saturday.
The party was also all set to form the government with an ally in Nagaland, and despite its low numbers, remained in the game for power in Meghalaya. Saturday’s outcome comes as a huge morale-booster for the party after a close shave in Gujarat and electoral setbacks in Rajasthan bypolls.
Delighted at the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Tripura election an ‘epoch-making one’, and a journey from ‘shunya’ (zero) to ‘shikhar’ (peak). A Tripura win, he had told BJP leaders last week, would be an ideological victory and the celebrations should be even more grand than that of UP win.
What is interesting is BJP bagged 17 of 20 Tripura Seats where CM Yogi adityanath Campaigned. In one year time Yogi has become second biggest campaigner after PM Modi in India.
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