Tripura Assembly Election results 2018 updates: BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-thirds majority, announces EC

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Tripura Assembly Election results 2018 updates: BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-thirds majority, announces EC
  • 19:28 (IST)

    BJP-IPFT alliance scripts history with Tripura Assembly poll victory 

    The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history on Saturday by winning the  Tripura Assembly polls, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPM-led Left Front in the state.

    The party captured 23 seats on its own while its alliance partner the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) bagged 7 seats, giving the combine a majority in the House, according to Election Commision (EC) sources.

    The saffron party inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Left Front which had never faced such a situation even when it had lost power in 1988 to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine.

    The BJP's strong showing came as a surprise for many as the party did not even have a councillor in Tripura. It had secured less than two per cent votes in the 2013 Assembly election in the state. — PTI

  • 19:24 (IST)

    Met CEC, have been assured he'll intervene and take action: Sitaram Yechury says 

    "BJP's polling agent didn't sign on controlling unit, didn't follow procedure and are now demanding re-polling," Sitaram Yechury said to ANI about the counting of votes being stopped in Manik Sarkar's constituency Dhanpur. He added that he met the chief election commissioner and he was assured that he will intervene and take action. 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-thirds majority in 60-member Tripura Assembly. BJP wins 32 and IPFT 8 seats, announces EC

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Biggest losers for CPM

    The polit bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued a press statement about the Tripura Assembly election results. It acknowledged that after 25 years in government, the Left Front has been voted out of office. Here are some of the biggest losers of CPM in the polls: Deputy Speaker of state Assembly Pabitra Kar, Power Minister Manik Dey, Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma and Forests Minister Naresh Jamatia.

    Input by S S Ali/101Reporters

  • 19:03 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury says BJP using money, muscle power to win Tripura

    Accepting the Tripura mandate, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday charged the BJP with using money and muscle power to win the state assembly elections.

    The CPM, in a press statement, said the "BJP has, apart from other factors, utilized massive deployment of money and other recourses to influence the elections". "This has happened because the Bharatiya Janata Party has unscrupulously utilised huge amounts of money and muscle power and managed to successfully bring together all anti-Left elements and parties, including the erstwhile opposition parties, into one anti-Left platform. They succeeded as a result," Yechury said.

    Yechury warned the people of Tripura that there would be unfavourable ramifications due to misuse of money in elections. "The BJP brought together all kinds of forces using money power and without attaching any morality to it. There will be results, against which the people need to be alert," he added. 

    He said the party would analyse the poll results and then decide its next course of action. The party statement said: "The Politburo thanks 45 per cent of the voters who extended support to the CPM and the Left Front. The party will carefully examine the reasons for this setback and take necessary remedial measures." — IANS

  • 18:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi says elected team in Tripura is youngest ever

    Modi said that the victory in Tripura was achieved with very little resources. There were no celebrities used in the elections, he added.

    The prime minister also said that the elected team in Tripura is the youngest team ever and some of them were even scared of getting rejected on the grounds of their age.

  • 18:03 (IST)

    A look at party-wise vote share

  • 17:55 (IST)

    Will continue to oppose BJP and its divisive agenda: Sitaram Yechury

  • 17:44 (IST)

    Narendra Modi thanks people of Tripura for 'phenomenal' support

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Tripura election as an "epoch-making one". "What my sisters and brothers of Tripura have done is extraordinary. No words will be enough to thank them for the phenomenal support towards the BJP in Tripura. We will leave no stone unturned in transforming Tripura," Modi said.

  • 17:34 (IST)

    No development happened under CPM in Tripura: Ram Madhav

  • 17:25 (IST)

    BJP workers celebrate party's Tripura success

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Tripura result will significantly impact Bengal politics: BJP

    Following the BJP's historic win in the Tripura Assembly elections, the party's West Bengal unit said this will surely impact state politics and predicted a "sea change" in Bengal's political scenario in six months.

    "It is the people who have brought about the change in Tripura. They will bring about the change in Bengal too. We are trying to build our party organisation here as per their hopes and aspirations. We have full support from our national leadership. I think there will be a sea change in Bengal within six months," state Bharatiya Janata Party president Dilip Ghosh said. - IANS

  • 17:07 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath credits Narendra Modi for BJP's win in Tripura

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister yogi Adityanath hailed the BJP's victory in Tripura Assembly elections and credited it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Modi ensured the implementation of policies tailormade for the North Eastern states.

    Electoral management of BJP president Amit Shah also paid rich dividends, said Adityanath who was was one of the 'star campaigners' of the party in North East elections.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Biggest takeaway is growing political irrelevance of Left parties: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Hailing the trends of the three state elections on Saturday, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the biggest takeaway from the result in Tripura is the growing political irrelevance of the Left parties.

    ''The Tripura result will also have a significant impact on politics in West Bengal,'' he added. - PTI

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Left is not right for any part of the country: Amit Shah

    Shah said that the result of Tripura elections proves that the Left is not right for any part of the country.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Tripura's win is a historic win for the party: Amit Shah

    Shah said that in the last Assembly election, only one BJP candidate had not lost its deposit. Today, he said, BJP has a clear majority. "This is a victory of our government’s Act East policy as well as all the work done by our cadres in the state," he added.

  • 16:18 (IST)

    BJP will work with alliance partner despite majority in Tripura: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah said that despite getting a majority in Tripura, the party will include other members of the alliance in the Cabinet.

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Amit Shah thanks people of North East for their support

    Amit Shah thanked the people of the three North East states for accepting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of development.

  • 16:14 (IST)

    Amit Shah addresses press conference, says it is a proud day for the BJP

  • 16:02 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury says 'will analyse the reasons for defeat'

    After defeat in the Tripura Assembly elections, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that they will analyse the reasons for their loss and take steps to rectify them.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Victory in Tripura a win for democracy over brute force: Narendra Modi

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    15:49 (IST)

    Left issues statement after its loss, says BJP deployed 'money and other resources to influence elections'

    "The BJP has, apart from other factors, utilised massive deployment of money and other resources to influence the elections. The BJP was able to consolidate all the anti-Left votes, virtually appropriating the erstwhile main Opposition party, the Congress," the Left said.

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    15:46 (IST)

    Kiren Rijiju says trends in all three states indicate new political direction for country

    Commenting on the trends in three states, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that they indicated a new political direction which would have an effect on national politics as well, according to The Indian Express.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh says BJP's win in Tripura indicates support to BJP's commitment to bring positive change

  • 15:22 (IST)

    BJP gained from anti-incumbency in Tripura: Ashok Gehlot

    Congress leader Ashok Gehlot told News18 that BJP is leading in Tripura because of the sentiment of anti-incumbency against the CPM in the state.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Tripura agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma loses

    Tripura agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma (CPM) was defeated by a margin of 6,988 votes by his nearest rival Mevar Kumar Jamatiya of IPFT in Asharambari ST constituency, Election Commission sources said. Aghore Debbarma secured 12,200 votes, while Jamatiya secured 19,188 votes. -  PTI

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Amit Shah says BJP's Tripura win is victory of Narendra Modi's politics of development

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Smriti Irani congratulates Amit Shah and BJP

  • 14:48 (IST)

    'Will abide by party's orders,' says Tripura BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb

    "I will abide by party's orders. It's a team victory. We followed Amit Shah. He worked a lot in Tripura. We get confidence with the way the party president works. Whatever responsibility I will be given, I will take it. The Parliamentary board will decide if I would be chief minister. Tripura is not foolish, public support gives us strength," Tripura BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb was quoted as saying by News18.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    BJP candidates, Ram Pada Jamatia and Pranajit Singha Roy, with their supporters

    Ayub Sarkar/101Reporters

  • 14:40 (IST)

    BJP president Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters

  • 14:29 (IST)

    BJP supporters break into celebration as the party gains prominent lead in Tripura

    Ayub Sarkar/101Reporters

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Rahul a student of nursery if Shah is in PG class of politics: Himanta
    If BJP chief Amit Shah is a student of post graduation then Congress president Rahul Gandhi is still in nursery class, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today while comparing the two leaders' capability in politics.
    "I would say, if Amit Shah is a student of post graduate in politics, Rahul Gandhi is still in nursery class," he told reporters here when asked to compare Shah and Gandhi's style of functioning.

  • 14:10 (IST)

    The trajectory of leads+wins at 2 pm

  • 14:04 (IST)

    BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb wins from Banamalipur

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Manik Sarkar can now take shelter in West Bengal, Kerala or Bangladesh, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Outgoing Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar can take shelter in West Bengal, Kerala or neighbouring Bangladesh as the BJP is going to form the next government in the state, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

    "Manik Sarkar has just three options before him. He can go to West Bengal, where the CPM still has some presence. He can go to Kerala, where the party is in power and will rule for three more years or he can go to neighbouring Bangladesh," Sarma told reporters here when asked about his comments on Sarkar during an election rally.


  • 13:57 (IST)

    Neck and neck fight in Nalchar

    CPM's Tapan Chandra Das and BJP's Subhas Chandra Das are in a neck and neck fight in Nalchar constituency. CPM ahead by 143 votes as of 1.34 pm


  • 13:53 (IST)

    BJP Parliamentary Board to meet later today to decide CM candidate, says Ram Madhav

    The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet on Saturday evening to decide on the future Chief Minister of Tripura, where the party is likely to form a government, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said. "Our Parliamentary Board (the party's highest decision making body) will meet in the evening and take a call," he said at a press meeting. 

  • 13:50 (IST)

    CPM voteshare between 1993 and 2008

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Cartoonist Manjul's take on Left's debacle in Tripura

  • 13:30 (IST)

    IPFT opens account as Mevar Kr Jamatia wins Asharambari by 6987 votes


  • 13:20 (IST)

    Update from Badarghat

    Jharna Das of CPM trailing behind BJP's Dilip Sarkar in Badharghat by about 4,000 votes. Das is currently a Rajya Sabha MP from Tripura. 


  • 13:18 (IST)

    With BJP leading in Tripura, supporters have started celebrating

    Video by Ayub Sarkar/101Reporters

  • 13:14 (IST)

    CPM's Rita Kar Majumder in close contest with BJP's Sankar Roy in Sabroom

    According to reports, Rita Kar Majumder is ahead by 580 votes right now. 


  • 13:10 (IST)

    Now we can also say 'Communist free India'

  • 13:06 (IST)

    CPM's dilemma in Badarghat

  • 13:03 (IST)

    IPFT candidate leading in Ampinagar; BJp trailing in Sonamura

    While IPFT's Sindhu Chandra Jamatia is leading on Ampinagar constituency, its alliance partner BJP's Subal Bhowmik is trailing behind CPM candidate Shyamal Chakraborty in Sonamura. Interestingly, Bhowmik had expressed his disenchantment with the allotment, before finally accepting the party's direction to contest from this assembly seat.


  • 12:47 (IST)

    Congratulatory messages pour in for Amit Shah and Narendra Modi

  • 12:44 (IST)

    The story of Congress' decimation in Tripura

    The Congress party has only garnered 1.9 percent in the ongoing Assenbly election. However, in 2013, the party garnered nearly 45 percent of the popular vote. The Grand Old Party has also failed to gain a lead in any of the seats. 

  • 12:40 (IST)

    12.30 pm update

Counting of votes latest updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the party's win in the Tripura Assembly election and said that the election has been won with limited resources. He said that the elected team of Tripura is the youngest team ever and some of them were even afraid of getting rejected on the basis of their age.

BJP chief Amit Shah, in aa press conference, thanked the people of the three North East states (Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya) for supporting the BJP and accepting Modi's vision of development.

He called the BJP's win in Tripura 'historic' and said that despite getting a majority, the party will work with all its alliance members.

Meanwhile, after its loss in the Tripura Assembly election, Left issued a statement saying that the BJP has, apart from other factors, utilised massive deployment of money and other resources to influence the elections.

The BJP parliamentary board will meet to choose the next chief minister of Tripura. If media reports are to be believed, Biplab Kumar Deb, the current state BJP president, is likely to be given the position.

Responding to reports, Biplab Deb said that he will abide by party's orders and the BJP Parliamentary board will decide if he should become the chief minister.

The BJP-IPFT alliance is inching towards a two-thirds majority in the Tripura Assembly. While the BJP and IPFT are leading in 41 seats, the CPM-led Left Front is now squeezed to just 18 seats. Meanwhile, Deb has won from Banamalipur by a margin of over 5,000 votes.

Speaking to the press, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said, "We are happy with the trends that we are seeing in Tripura. This is due to the blessing of Mata Tripura Sundari. The trends are such which will encourage BJP to form the next government, We are awaiting the final results. We will win over 40 seats and form the government."

Speaking to News18, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that urban and tribal voters have backed the BJP to overthrow the CPM. He alleged that under the Left Front, the state was lagging behind other states in India.  He also termed BJP's tie-up with the IPFT as a gamechanger. Meanwhile, the gap between the BJP and the Left Front has widened.

Sunil Deodhar, BJP in-charge of Tripura has expressed confidence of winning the election. He said BJP will sweep the tribal constituencies in Tripura, "Out of the 20 seats where we are leading, we will win 15 to 17 seats. These are tribal seats. The CPM began its political journey with the tribals but the Left later cheated them. They all will vote for us. I am confident."

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar is leading from Dhanpur by over 1,600 votes. Counting of votes has begun for Assembly elections in Tripura amid tight security. According to reports, paramilitary forces were deployed in sensitive areas of the state. There are 20 centres in the state and a three-tire security system has been put in place by the state government to ensure free and fair polling.

The BJP has, in fact, emerged as a strong contender in all three states and exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in the other two states.

Political parties in Tripura are keeping their fingers crossed on the outcome Tripura Assembly Election result as counting begins in the left-ruled northeastern state. The counting will begin at 8 am and results are expected by the afternoon.

As trends will begin to emerge shortly, it is important to note that exit polls have failed to present a clear picture and both BJP and ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) appeared confident of a win.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar. PTI

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar. PTI

TV channel NewsX has predicted victory for the BJP alliance in Tripura elections, ending the 25-year run of the Left Front in the state. The TV channel gave the BJP alliance 35-45 seats and said the Left Front will bag 14-23 seats while one seat will be won by others.

On the other hand, Centre for Voting Opinion & Trends in Election Research (CVoter), a Delhi-based agency, hinted at a close fight and predicted the CPM and Left parties to win in 26-34 seats with 44.3 percent vote share. It predicted the BJP alliance to win in 24-32 seats with a vote share of 42.8 percent and said the Congress might win in two seats with 7.2 percent vote share.

The results are expected to have far reaching consequences not only nationally but also within the ruling CPM, which has been in power in the state for the past 25 years, a leader of the Left party said.

"If the Left Front wins in Tripura then there might not be any chance of altering the political draft that has been adopted. But, if the BJP wins then the question of adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP will again come up," a Left leader said.

A senior CPM central committee member, who did not wish to be named, echoed the view and said there is always the chance of change in the draft resolution before it is finally adopted by the party congress.

The central committee member said the West Bengal party unit has a clear understanding about the menace of the BJP, but the Kerala unit is yet to understand the magnitude of the "threat" the saffron brigade poses.

"Our Tripura unit, too, has a taste of BJP's divisive politics," the central committee member said. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury along with a large section of leaders from Bengal have been vocal about the adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP.

But his political line has been vehemently opposed by the party's Kerala unit along with politburo member Prakash Karat, known as a hardliner in the CPM. The CPM central committee had on 21 January voted against the draft political resolution pitched by Yechury proposing alliance with the Congress.

It adopted a draft resolution, which will be placed before the party congress, ruling out any form of electoral alliance or adjustment with the Congress. Election for 59 seats in Tripura's 60-member house were held on 18 February and the results will be declared on Saturday.

Polling in one seat was postponed to 12 March following the death of a CPM candidate.

Published Date: Mar 03, 2018 19:17 PM | Updated Date: Mar 03, 2018 19:28 PM

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