By Dr D. N.S. Dhakal Published: June 1, 2016
India recently conducted assembly election in Assam and West Bengal. Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) took reign of power from Congress Party in Assam, and Trinamool Congress retained its government in West Bengal.
BJP has looked east policy and winning of election in Assam was crucial for its future activity. The RSS brass had always criticized congress policy in North East India, where it has alleged that the Congress Party had ignore Bangladeshi infiltration for electoral convenience.
The alliance of BJP, Assam Ghana Parisad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) have won 87 seats, 23 more seats than a simple majority. It is an opportunity for BJP to take in its fold different nationalities and consolidate its positon in the northeast.
Trinamol Congress has won 211 seats in the total assembly seats of 294. PM Modi’s involvement in the election campaign did not yield any additional seats. The BJP and Gorkha Janmuketi Morcha (GJM) alliance won only 3 seats but gaining substantial grounds in vote share.
Mamata Banerjee is sworn in for the second time as Chief Minister of West Bengal in a function attended by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgey and Bangladesh Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu. Mamata Banderjee has expressed concerns about BJP’s involvement in Gorkhaland politics.
What is interesting to watch in the emerging regional politics is the increased interest of BJP on Nepali community. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to grant tribal status to all members of Nepali community in India, and Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is made a part of the grand political alliance in the northeast to push BJP’s agenda.