"Committed to winning back the trust of the people", tweets Rahul Gandhi

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With results announced for all 59 seats in Tripura's state legislature, the BJP had won a big majority to form a government on its own in the state, replacing the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI (M). He however said that his party was committed to strengthening itself across the North East and winning back the trust of the people.

Rahul Gandhi's tweet which hints at introspection comes after Congress' dismal performance in the polls. Six of its MLAs had deserted the party in 2016 and switched over to the Trinamool Congress. If it indeed does succeed in forming the government in Nagaland and Meghalaya, then the BJP would be in power in six of the seven states in the region. The BJP has been riding a wave of rising Hindu nationalism in the country. It nearly seemed that the Congress was resigned to losing the polls even before the election.

The Congress has not only lost Meghalaya, one of the few states it still ruled, it drew a blank in both Tripura and Nagaland.

Modi, who had extensively campaigned in the three states, attributed the win to the development work by his party and its allies. The tribal party won eight of the nine seats it had contested. So let us not lose perspective: "there is no Modi wave here (sic)", Siddaramaiah tweeted on Sunday.

This comes three days after the election results in the states of Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya were revealed.

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He said that the BJP's victory in the region would bring it into the mainstream. These "hollow victories" would not have a bearing on Karnataka, "which has already seen the real face of the BJP and its leaders", he told PTI. "They are likely to meet the newly-elected MLAs on Tuesday to ascertain their views on government formation and to elect legislature group leader", Bharatiya Janata Party Tripura Pradesh President Biplab Kumar Deb told the media.

Zeliang said NPF continued to be a part of the North-East Democratic Alliance led by the BJP and hoped the saffron party will form the new governemnt with it.

Its ally IPFT, which fielded candidates in nine seats, got almost eight per cent votes.

The Congress has been in power in the state for the last 10 years. And Naga Accord? he asked. The Congress was even ready to concede the chief minister post to its supporters but alliance partners were wary of upsetting the BJP leadership. 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.

Some political observers attribute the BJP's good showing in the Northeast to the party's determination to expand its rule. "Is this the answer to Meghalaya's aspirations and a stable Government?" "During the celebration, the party will distribute leaflets highlighting the welfare programmes taken up by the Modi government and also programmes being implemented", the chief minister said. And what is Modiji s/BJP take on it?

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