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From zero seats to 32 leads so far. "There was a time when we could secure only 1.3 per cent of the votes". Tripura is a small place with 25 lakh people. This has come after the Left Front was in power for 25 years, winning five consecutive elections, he said.

At the time of filing the report, the latest trends showed the BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance leading in 43 seats in the 60-member Assembly. The Left front party had won 50 out of the 60 Assembly constituencies in the state in 2013.

The Congress, meanwhile, is another story in itself. Its vote share dipped to less than two per cent.

There is also the need to deconstruct the myth of the BJP as a juggernaut which has been riding triumphant across the country.

A little on the soon-to-be-ex-CM Manik Sarkar, who despite serving four terms as the state's Chief Minister, is India's poorest current CM.

"The last fort of the Left government in Tripura, where it was in rule for 22 years, has crumbled". A fact which was evident in the wall-to-wall coverage of the election results on Saturday. "Nobody likes it. Their defeat in West Bengal earlier - and now in Tripura - is a sign of the rise of Bharatiya Janata Party", Shah said.

She also accused the BJP of tampering with electronic voting machines and expressed surprise on CPI-M's silence on the issue.

The CPI (M) particularly failed to connect with the youth, who saw it as a party steeped in "theory and ideology" rather than pragmatism. However, the anti-Left space, which was with the Congress, has now completely shifted to the BJP. In the 1983 Assembly election, the LF had bagged 39 seats, while the Congress-TUJS alliance captured 20 and the Amra Bangali, a regional party, won the remaining seat. The results, which are broadly in line with what BJP expected, are a validation of the unique strategy which the BJP has deployed in the northeast to realize its longstanding ambitions to expand in the region. "They have supported our slogan for change", he said, adding that the CPI (M) gave a "spirited fight". "I bow to every BJP Karyakarta (worker) for working assiduously on the ground for years", Modi said. It needed a cadre and with great calculation, did that by bringing existing Congress workers on its side. "People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and are looking for a change".

This, then, is yet another addition to the BJP's bouquet of regional leaders that the party has so assiduously cultivated. Now 2 more states are witnessing Modi Hawaa. "We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves", he said. "I will not run away from taking any responsibility", he told reporters here when asked if he would accept the task of chief ministership.

After BJP surged ahead without fail in the Tripura Assembly Election 2018, it seems its alliance with IPFT created the effect it wanted to upon the people. The CPI (M), on the other hand, saw a little over 42 per cent voting in its favour. "The Congress does not have a majority there", he said. The party was best poised to fill in the anti-CPI (M) space but did precious little to work towards it. In Assam, as well as in Haryana, the Congress was in power for a decade.


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