The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday removed its tag of being a party of India’s Hindi belt as it was poised to a massive landslide victory in the Tripura assembly election.
The saffron party with it ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was also heading towards majority mark in another North Eastern state of Nagaland.
However, it was a close in call in Meghalaya where Congress and NPP were fighting a neck to neck battle with other parties gaining enough seats to be the King Maker.
Here is how the politicians reacted on BJP’s impressive show in North East Assembly polls:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: People of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have spoken! I thank the people of these states for supporting the good governance agenda and ‘Act East Policy’ of @BJP4India & our valued allies.
BJP President Amit Shah: In 2014 Narendra Modi Ji had said western side of the nation has developed a lot but the same has not reached the eastern side yet. He immediately started his 'Act East Policy'. I believe this is the victory of his policies, stamped by the 3 states of the north-east.
Ahmed Patel (Congress): We have a clear majority in Meghalaya. We have a setback in Tripura in Nagaland, we will have to work on that.
CPI(M): BJP has, apart from other factors, utilised massive deployment of money & other resources to influence the elections. BJP was able to consolidate all the anti-Left votes virtually appropriating the erstwhile main opposition, Congress.
Ravi Shankar Prasad: In a way, the entire North East is now with the BJP. Initially, we used to say "Congress Mukt Bharat' now I think we can say 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat" also.