Mamata attributes Congress' Tripura defeat to failure in forging alliance

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb greet the supporters after party's victory in Tripura Assembly elections results in Agartala

Commenting on the BJP's victory, Mamata said that vote difference between the BJP and the CPI-M was a mere 5%.

Much is being made of the innate "goodness" of departing chief minister Manik Sarkar.

On Saturday, the Election Commission had declared BJP victorious in 35 of the 59 seats contested in the Assembly elections. While the electoral significance of Karnataka can not be understated, this strategy is not likely to work against the marauding BJP if Congress wishes to retain its position as the national alternative. The fact that this has been allowed to be translated in the decline of the number of seats from 49 in 2013 to 16 points to the resounding success in the Party's main objective: bringing the vote share of the feudal, neo-liberal bourgeoisie force that is the Congress down from 36.53% in the previous polls to below 2%.

A day after winning Tripura elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has put the demand for a separate state for the tribals back on the table. But NPF leader and chief minister T.R. Zeliang said soon afterwards that the BJP-NPF alliance, too, was still on.

"The BJP's victory in Tripura was the sabotage of democracy".

The NPP, a constituent of the BJP-led coalition in adjoining Manipur, is also expected to join the BJP-NDPP alliance.

The Left parties, which ruled West Bengal and Tripura, were also "weak", Achuthanandan, who supported the party general secretary Sitaram Yechury's line of having an understanding with Congress to fight the BJP, said.

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Senior party leader and state minister A K Balan alleged that the saffron party had "misused" money and power at the Centre for their victory in the north-eastern state, which was considered as the fortress of the Left party.

The Governor said, "Technically and legally the present Government can go on till March 13 and if the Chief Minister T R Zeliang does not have majority, he has to resign".

"Tripura voters have given their mandate for a BJP-IPTF government in the state".

While Congress leaders claim off the record that a severe cash crunch is one of their biggest constraints, it simply can not be an excuse for a party that ruled New Delhi for two terms in the immediate past, apart from its legacy since independence.

"Today we are seeing a true pan-India rise of the BJP". The Congress had 36.53 per cent has come down to 1.8 per cent only. This came in the background of both the parties lately talking about formation of a viable third front to take on Indian National Congress and the BJP.

"Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics", said Seema Mustafa, a political analyst who runs the Centre for Policy Analysis think tank in New Delhi.

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