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Red fort stormed: Modi wave rises again, this time in Tripura and across north-east

In a stunning performance BJP has wrested the north-east state of Tripura away from the Left, winning 43 out of 59 seats with its ally. Tripura was the last remaining Left bastion, having seen continuous Left Front rule for 25 years. That BJP went from not having a single seat in Tripura in 2013 to forming a government bears testimony to the efficacy and untiring efforts of the party’s poll machinery under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The party’s clarion call ‘Chalo Paltai’ (Let’s Change) had strong resonance with Tripura’s young aspirational voters.
Meanwhile, CPM could offer little in terms of a vision for the state beyond peace and its popular – now outgoing – chief minister Manik Sarkar. But the state’s electorate had already rewarded it for these achievements in previous elections. What tiny, remote Tripura needed was an agenda for development. All the more so because Tripura has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Yet, CPM could only offer its empty rhetoric of egalitarian revolution. The Left’s ideology is outdated and can no longer substitute for real issues like jobs.
With its standout performance in all three northeastern states in general, leaving it in control of at least 21 if not 22 out of 29 states in the country – whether directly or through alliances – BJP has shown it is truly capable of breaking into non-Hindi speaking states. It is now in pole position for 2019 Lok Sabha polls and will be eyeing states such as Karnataka, Odisha, Bengal and Kerala – where gains could conceivably beat anti-incumbency in heartland Hindi speaking states it has ruled for some time.
It’s noteworthy that Congress pretty much conceded the opposition space to BJP in Tripura, and that BJP’s gains in Tripura and Nagaland came primarily at the expense of Congress which stands decimated in those states. It looks now as if BJP is the new Congress, dominant across the country as Congress was during Indira Gandhi’s time, while Congress resembles the old BJP before the latter rose as a national party during the 1990s. BJP has certainly won the day by talking the talk on development and rousing aspirations. But sooner or later it will need to walk that talk as well; its political dominance across the country means there is no more any excuse for failure.

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