Congress respects mandate: Rahul Gandhi on 3 NE Polls

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He also said that no one can stop BJP from winning the forthcoming elections. "Chief minister Manik Sarkar may have a clean image but he is presiding over a corrupt government" - was the refrain.

On Saturday, the Election Commission had declared BJP victorious in 35 of the 59 seats contested in the Assembly elections.

While the loss in Rajasthan is being attributed to the Padmavat controversy which had enraged the Rajputs who accused BJP of not doing enough to stall the release of the movie, the loss in Madhya Pradesh is being seen as a wave of mistrust against the party in power.

A draft political resolution, which is going to be taken up by the party Congress in April, has ruled out any understanding or alliance with the Congress party.

After receiving weak spot in recently concluded 3 NE assembly polls to form a government Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the party accepts the people's mandate.

"Stressing that Chief Ministerial candidate Conrad Sangma and his NPP have promised division of Meghalaya, he asked: ". what is Modiji's take on it?"

"Communists appeared to have thrown in the towels and surrendered to the BJP; it is not known whether Communist leaders were threatened by Central investigating agencies".

In Meghalaya, a multi-party coalition will be led by BJP ally and its North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partner National People's Party (NPP). That is a different debate, but it had its bearing on the Nagaland polls, with some churches issuing appeals to voters not to elect people who could become an affront to Christianity.

While the BJP wrested the Left bastion of Tripura and received an invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, it was a hung Assembly in Meghalaya.

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. Senior party leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath are in the state capital of Shillong, working out possible tie-ups with Independent MLAs in a bid to form a government. The remaining eight seats went to a regional group, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura.

Besides the Left losing its first direct fight against BJP, Tripura polls also marked the first time the Marxists facing a truly determined opposition in the state. True, BJP seems to have deep pockets and an unlimited supply of cash through its capitalist friends and other sources. The Congress had 36.53 per cent has come down to 1.8 per cent only.

Newly elected MLAs of the BJP and its ally IPFT will meet in the State Capital Agartala on March 6 to elect their leader, said State BJP president Biplab Deb there on Sunday.

BJP engulfing CPM fort in Tripura also brings to the fore the Left party's internal clash - Prakash Karat-Kerala CPM's "touch-Congress-not" stand versus Sitaram Yechury-Bengal party's "anti-BJP tactical tango with Congress" line - even as the Left gets steadily dwarfed in national politics.

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