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Delhi Diary: BJP Makes Inroads Into India's Northeast Region

Last update: 05/03/2018
By Shakir Husain

Shakir Husain, Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expanded its dominance to the country's Northeast region by making impressive gains in the latest round of state elections.

Considered the champion of the Hindi-speaking region and the religious ideology of Hindutva, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party has won many state polls since it came to power following the national election in 2014.

However, winning in the northeastern region where it used to be a marginal player is a remarkable feat for the BJP. The Northeast comprises the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

The election results for Tripura on Saturday showed the BJP and its alliance partners had won comfortably, ending the 25-year reign of the communist government.

In Nagaland, the right-wing party and its allies took nearly half the seats and are poised to form the next government with the support of independent legislators.....


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