Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma | File Photo

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said people of the three northeastern states where elections were recently held have reiterated their trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Assam CM said: “The people have reiterated their trust in PM Modi. Except for Meghalaya, this is the second time the NDA-BJP has won in the two states. This clearly ensures that we will at least win 25-26 seats in the Lok Sabha as well. This win is because of PM Modi’s efforts in the Northeast. We have repeated our success in almost all states of the Northeast.”

On Greater Tipraland demand, the CM said: “First and foremost, Tripura cannot be divided. It will stay one. However, the issues of tribals should also be addressed. I believe that the new government of Tripura and the central government will together address their grievances and if needed will work with Tipra Motha too.”

Himanta Biswa Sarma also launched an attack on the Left-Congress alliance and said: “There is no problem with their alliance. Left and Congress never stood a chance, only hype was created around their alliance. Elections took place and the hype was exposed.”

He also mentioned about the swearing-in ceremony in the northeastern states.

Sarma said: “As far as I know, the ceremony in Tripura will be held on March 8. While the ceremony will be conducted in Nagaland and Meghalaya on March 7.”

“The BJP leaders in Tripura have invited the Prime Minister and the union home minister for the oath ceremony. PM loves the northeast and the people here. I am sure PM Modi will come,” Sarma told ANI.

Himanta Biswa Sarma also exuded confidence in the new Tripura government to successfully tackle post-poll violence in the state.

He said, “This is the issue of the state. I believe that in a democracy once the voting is done, there should not be conflict or violence. I am sure the government of Tripura will manage the situation well. Law and order is the first priority of any state government.”

CM Sarma also thanked the people of the three states for supporting the BJP.

With the declaration of results for the Tripura assembly polls on March 2, BJP returned to power in the state by winning an absolute majority.

According to the Election Commission of India, BJP won 32 seats with a vote share of around 39 percent. Tipra Motha Party came second by winning 13 seats. Communist Party of India (Marxist) got 11 seats while Congress bagged three seats. The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) managed to open its account by winning one seat.

The CPI(M) and the Congress, arch rivals in Kerala, came together in the Northeast this time in a bid to oust the BJP from power. The combined vote share of CPI (M) and Congress remained around 33 percent.

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