BJP usurped power through proxy in Meghalaya, says Rahul Gandhi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other Union ministers had camped in the small state before elections, Balan said, adding that the BJP had even joined hands with "separatists" for the poll victory. In Meghalaya, although it won the most number of seats (21), it fell short of the majority mark.

The NDA already controls Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday March 4 asserted that the Assembly election result in Tripura, where BJP wrested power from the Left, will not have any impact on the impending Karnataka elections, and said that there was no Modi wave in the state.

However, shielding the party president, the Congress party asserted that it is not a crime to visit one's grandmother.

Despite the BJP's success in Tripura, "it will not be possible at all to get through in West Bengal and Odisha".

Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance". He squarely blamed Joshi for the party failing to win a single seat in the state. Sarma is now the BJP's chief strategist in the northeast region, and is credited with the success that the saffron party has made electorally in the region.

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BJP General Secretary in charge of Meghalaya affairs, Nalin Kohli, refused to divulge details, only saying that the people's verdict was against the Congress.

Now, BJP-led NDA assumed power in seven out of eight northeastern states.

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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.

"There is nothing to rejoice in the win in a state having only about 26 lakh voters and two parliamentary seats with a difference of about only five per cent votes", Banerjee said reacting to BJP's win in Tripura ending the 25 year-long Left regime there.