BJP & Congress Pre-Election Stand in Meghalaya, Nagaland & Tripura
January 18, 2018
The Election Commission has declared the poll dates for 3 north-eastern states namely Meghalaya, Nagaland & Tripura. According to the schedules released by the Election Commission, pollings in the state of Tripura will be conducted on 18th February, whereas in Meghalaya & Nagaland, it will be organized on 27th February. Thereafter the electorates Counting for all 3 states combined will occur on 3 March, 2018.
Chief Election Commissioner Shri. Achal Kumar Joti, while publishing the dates, said that VVPAT devices will be put in across all states. The code of conduct has come effective in these states with the release of the date of elections.
BJP’s ‘Act East’ policy
With the declaration of the poll schedule, electoral tempers have increased in the 3 states. These elections have assumed significance for both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress party. After making governments in Assam and Manipur, the saffron party is relying to summarize its influence in the north-eastern too. Up on ‘look east’, the agenda that the BJP is functioning on presently is ‘act east.’ Jitendra Singh, who is the minister of state (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office has provided the accountability of the north-east by the Centre.
Narendra Modi, after sworning in as prime minister, has been constantly leading priority to the growth of the north-east. He has frequently stressed that hard efforts are being done to rise development to this place.
BJP party keeps faith in Himanta Biswa Sarma.
By creating the North East Democratic Alliance aka NEDA, the BJP has started its try to margin itself with existing regional parties. Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is strong Assam minister, has been designated as the chairperson of NEDA. As Sarma has a bold grip on the north-east volatile politics, the BJP has reposed more hope in him.
True test for Rahul Gandhi
The forthcoming elections in 3 states in this region has more importance for the Congress. The poll results will give an audit of Rahul Gandhi’s work. Of course, while in the Gujarat election campaign, Rahul Gandhi’s scale as Congress president was a gone with the wind conclusion and he was account of the affairs of the party at that time too. Congress leaders had associated the party’s enhanced performance in the state to his big efforts. However, Rahul will see his debut real test in the north-east.
Will the red bastion crumble in the state of Tripura?
Across all three states listed over, regional parties have widely kept sway. Tripura has been government by the CPM for the past twenty five years. Under the rule of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, CPM has gained on to power. However, the BJP is currently attempting to make a disruption in this left bastion. Himanta Biswa Sarma has been offered a big responsibility in this state. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is also placing much work toward.
As RSS major Mohan Bhagwat and other office-bearers have been continuously monitoring this region, this alarms that it is too present there. The BJP thinks that it will win in giving defeat to the CPM this time. It is almost certain that the struggle this time will be between the CPM and the BJP.
Congress might challenge hard time in Meghalaya
In the state of Meghalaya, the Mukul Sangma-chaired Congress party is at the helm of affairs. Still, presently, the BJP seems to be in the thought to push a jolt to the Congress. The Congress shortly met a setback when 5 of its legislators, comprising former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, stayed away from the Assembly. Also, one legislator from the UDC United Democratic Party and 2 Independents were also resigned. All of these 8 together joined the National People’s Party (NPP) at a rally. In the sixty-member Meghalaya Assembly, the Congress owns 30 MLAs.
The NPP is currently a section of the NEDA alliance, which is led by the BJP. So, a split in the Congress’ ranks will straightly gain the BJP and its allied parties. As confusion flows in the Congress, the BJP trusts to shape out a gap for itself. In this Christian-dominated state, the BJP’s trigger will be to attempt and have the Congress go seat-less.
In Dec 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to Mizoram and Meghalaya, during which he launched the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road. The BJP is trying to consolidate its level in the state via development steps.
A deep assignment for the Congress in Nagaland
Seeing Nagaland, the state comprises the government of the Naga People’s Front. The BJP is aiding the government, which is leaded by TR Zeliang.
IN the year 2013, 3 legislators from the NCP confirmed to cross over to the BJP and from the that time, all of the BJP’s legislators gave their help to the Naga People’s Front. In Nagaland, the alliance among the BJP and the NPP is called as the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland. The BJP will give a try to make sure a triumph for this alliance again.
On the other side, the Congress will trust to fight Nagaland from the BJP and also hold its rule in Meghalaya. The results of the 8 oncoming Assembly elections will hold a bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Hence, no political party is considering it simple with concern to these elections.