Attack on Congress citadel: After Assam, Manipur, BJP eyes Meghalaya in northeast
Guwahati, March 16: Currently, the Bharatiya Janata Party is flowing faster than the mighty Brahmaputra river in northeast India. The saffron party's big win in the Manipur Assembly elections followed by the formation of government in the hill state on Wednesday has further bolstered the party's confidence to win over the entire northeast region. The BJP first marked its grand entry into the region by winning the Assam Assembly polls last year.
After forming elected-governments in Assam and Manipur, the BJP is preparing to win the Meghalaya and Tripura Assembly elections, scheduled in 2018. The BJP runs coalition governments in Assam and Manipur and has its own government in Arunachal Pradesh crafted through defection. It looks like the BJP is all set to gobble up the entire region, once considered as the Congress' citadel.
According to reports, convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance Himanta Biswa Sarma told a television reporter from Delhi during the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, on Wednesday that the party was preparing to win the Tripura and Meghalaya polls next. His comment shocked a lot of people as Tripura is considered to be a stronghold of the Left. The NEDA is a BJP-led political group in northeast region.
In fact, it is Sarma and the BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav, who together have taken the responsibility to win election after election in the region. "The entire northeastern region, like other parts of the country, is in the grip of a massive BJP wave. The BJP will form the government in Manipur and Tripura next year," Madhav told on Saturday, when election results of five states, including Manipur, were declared.