Votes will be counted for three state assembly elections on Thursday, and the outcome will determine whether the BJP has deepened its roots in Tripura, a Left-wing stronghold it took over in 2018, and made further inroads in Meghalaya and Nagaland, or the opposition has managed to dent its influence.
Although longtime enemies Congress and the Left have united to take on the BJP in the election for the state's 60-member legislature, Tripura is one of the three states that is most likely to have a national impact.
Last time, the BJP had won 36 seats while the IPFT had taken eight. The task of producing a majority falls primarily on the shoulders of the BJP since its two main opponents have come together, leaving the IPFT in decline with the passing of its founder N C Debbarma.
Despite Tripura's relatively minor influence on national politics, the BJP projected its stunning rise from not winning a single seat in 2013 to a majority on its own five years later by decimating the Left citadel for two decades as its ideological victory over its rivals, and a loss will be seen as a setback.
The BJP waged a resolute campaign in the states with its bigwigs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, to increase their footprints even if regional parties continue to play a larger role in both Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Conrad Sangma, the leader of the National People's Party and chief minister of Meghalaya, was often criticized by the BJP for leading the "most corrupt" state government in the nation throughout the party's campaign on all 60 of the state's seats.
In the state government, the BJP was a partner, but they severed connections before the elections. If the judgment results in a hung assembly like the last time, the party intends to increase its strength from two in the assembly to become a more powerful player. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP's regional point man for the northeast, met Sangma after the election as a sign that the two parties may work together once more.
As the countdown to the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024 gets off, the Trinamool Congress, led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is making a significant effort to make an impression in the polls and present itself as a bigger opponent to the BJP than the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi spoke at a rally in Meghalaya as part of the Congress's extensive drive to regain lost ground in the states it formerly controlled.
The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party-led administration in Nagaland, which had the unusual characteristic of having no opposition because all parties with representation in the assembly's 60 members endorsed it, is once more running for office in alliance with the BJP.
According to Sarma, the BJP-led NDA would form governments with an overwhelming majority in all three northeastern states, contrary to predictions made in certain exit polls that there would be hung assemblies in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.
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