The scale of the victory was apparent enough in the bare facts of the election: The BJP went from having no seats in 2013 - indeed, it had forfeited its deposit in 49 out of 50 contested seats that year - to having a whopping 35 in 2018.
In a surprisingly softer words for the Left Banerjee said it would beunwise to lay all the blames of defeat at CPI (M) door.
With BJP on the cusp of ending the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura, state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb today said he was ready to take on the mantle of Chief Minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board.
Born on November 11, 1950, Neiphiu Rio received his early education in Baptist English School in Kohima and Sainik School at Purulia in West Bengal, he also studied at the St. Joseph's College at Darjeeling and graduated from Kohima Arts College.
Modi, who campaigned vigorously in the region ahead of the vote, said the party charted "the path of success from (being) no one to the one" in the region, which for decades was considered a bastion of main opposition parties Congress and the Left Front. "I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya".
Congress leader Kamal Nath told reporters that his party is hopeful of forming the government in Meghalaya with support from other parties. This is being opposed by former general secretary Prakash Karat and the Kerala unit of the CPI (M). On its own it won 21 seats in this 60-member Assembly. The CPI (M) failed to fathom the impact of the BJP's use of resources and and force. "It is a matter of shame for them", the Trinamool Congress supremo said.
However, the CEO, who held the press conference along with Additional CEO N Moa Aier, added that the results of the Tening Assembly constituency were put on hold and that recounting was being held in the seat. Banerjee also asked the Kolkata civic body to quickly fix the government apartment where Bhattacharjee lives. They exchanged words on official business only once and avoided meeting each other. While the Congress is the single largest party in Meghalaya, it does not have enough numbers to form a government.
The rise of the BJP in Tripura was the highlight of Saturday. Now under pressure, thanks to the neck-and-neck fight, Zeliang says, "We welcome the BJP if they want to be part of the government".
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was expected to join the celebrations but could not as he was caught up in work, a BJP leader said. It is better that what the Congress managed to achieve in 1988, when it was at its peak nationally under Rajiv Gandhi and managed to defeat the Left in Tripura.
T Torechu of the NPF won for the fourth consecutive time from Pungro-Kiphire by a margin of 473 votes.