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Consolidating its position as a dominant force in the Northeast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday scripted a spectacular victory in the CPI(M)-held Tripura in alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT). The BJP, which was hitherto a marginal player in Tripura politics failing to clinch even one seat in the last assembly elections, won a majority on its own this time around. The BJP looks set to form a government in Nagaland. An independent and a JD(U) candidate — who on March 1 issued a letter of support to Nagaland CM Zeliang — said they will back the BJP. With the two on its side, the BJP-NDPP alliance has 31 seats, which is the majority mark. The BJP, which had earlier received invitation from NPF leader and CM TR Zeliang to join the new government, had parted ways with the NPF just ahead of the polls and joined hands with the Neiphiu Rio’s newly-launched NDPP. In Meghalaya, Congress — which had been in power since May 2009 — failed to win a majority but emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats. The Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar won one seat. Congress sent its top guns to the state to explore possibilities of government formation after its losses in two other northeastern states of Tripura and Nagaland. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, who also left for Shillong to explore ways of forming a Congress government, said the party had necessary support of MLAs to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly. No comments were issued by the Congress on its losses as party president Rahul Gandhi is out of the country. The grand old party failed to win even a single seat in Tripura and Nagaland.
Consolidating its position as a dominant force in the Northeast, the BJP on Saturday scripted a spectacular victory in the CPI-M-held Tripura in alliance with the IPFT. The BJP, which was hitherto a marginal player in Tripura politics, having failed to clinch even a single seat in the state in the last polls, has already won a majority on its own. While Meghalaya elected a hung assembly, the BJP is likely to form a government in Nagaland after the independent candidate, the JD(U), which only on March 1 had issued a letter of support to Nagaland CM Zeliang, now said will back the BJP.
The encounter of M. Saguni Karthik and I. Muthuirulandi on Thursday, took place at the house of Mayakannan. A. Mayakannan 26 of Sikandar Chavadi, an accomplice of two notorious history-sheeters who were killed by the city police in an encounter in Madurai on Thursday, surrendered before the Judicial Magistrate Court I here on Saturday. The police said the encounter of M. Saguni Karthik and I. Muthuirulandi took place at the house of Mayakannan at Sikandar Chavadi under Alanganallur police station limits. Mayakannan, fled the spot at the time of the incident on seeing the police team. Even as the police were on the lookout for the absconding accused, he surrendered before the court on Saturday evening. The magistrate Mumtaz ordered his judicial custody till March 5.