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NDA to Form Governments in All the Three NE States that Went to Polls



National People’s Party (NPP) with the support of BJP and other smaller parties will form the next government in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.

NPP’s Chief Conrad Sangma is all set to be the next chief minister of the state.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Elect Conrad Sangma

Sangma yesterday met Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad and staked claim to form the government in the state with the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.

Conrad will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Earlier Yesterday:

NPP President Conrad Sangma met Governor at Rajya Bhawan in Shillong and staked claim to form the Government.

The alliance, including BJP, NPP, UDP and HSPDP, has the support of a total of 34 MLAs. The Oath taking ceremony will take place on 6th March at 10.30 am.

Earlier, six MLAs of United Democratic Party decided to extend their support to the alliance. Extending their support, UDP said that they want to see a non-Congress government in Meghalaya.

Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) had won 19 seats, while UDP and BJP managed to secure six and two seats respectively.

The development took place after MLAs from regional parties and the BJP came together against the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party in the results declared on Saturday but has failed despite that. The Congress under the leadership of Mukul Sangma earlier in the day had said it is the single-largest party to get votes and that it should be invited to form the government in Meghalaya.

The Congress is 10 seats short of the halfway mark at 31.

Elsewhere in Nagaland and Tripura:

In Nagaland, BJP with its coalition partner NDPP has staked claim to form the government in the state. One independent MLA and a JDU legislator also extend support in government formation. The strength of BJP and its allies has now risen to 32. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, that the NDPP-BJP alliance has secured near simple majority in Nagaland.

NDPP leader and three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio also said that the alliance is in a comfortable position to form the government.

In Tripura, putting up a remarkable show, the BJP and its alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, IPFT surge ahead of the ruling CPI-M led Left Front in the counting of votes for 59 Assembly constituencies in Tripura.

BJP has got an absolute majority on its own getting 35 seats. Indigenous People’s Front Of Tripura bagged 8 seats. While CPI(M) has got 16 seats.

BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb (left) along with his wife (right) and central observer Sunil Deodhar (middle) in Agartala

Victory celebrations erupted in BJP state office in Agartala as the news of BJP emerging victorious in Tripura polls poured in.

Sound of crackers and beats of drums reverberated and saffron and green colours were there in the air everywhere as BJP supporters gathered in front of the Rabindra Satabarshiki hall premises from where the victory rally started.

The number of women taking part in the victory rally was noticeable. Most of them smeared saffron colour on the face of each other and danced to the tune of drums while many others were raising slogans ‘Tripura te darkar, BJP sarkar” (Tripura needs BJP government).

BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb along with his wife and central observer Sunil Deodhar led the rally as large numbers of supporters were dancing to the tune of the music with victory sign.

Deb conveyed his wishes to the supporters and people moving by the streets as they distributed sweets.

The BJP president said, “We were very confident that people will choose BJP for the development what Prime Minister Narendra Modi as PM has shown within a short time. In Tripura also the same result will be reflected.”

Meantime, Sunil Deodhar speaking to reporters said, “Jeet hamara jari hai, aab Tripura ka bari hai (Our victory continues and this time it is Tripura’s turn). The victory of Gujarat and Himachal will have huge impact here in Tripura because the worthless government which is ruling here for the last 25 years is dependent on the defeat or victory of BJP in some other state as they do not have any report card of their own. You will notice that in the coming election in Tripura the people will vote for Narendra Modi’s development bringing an end to Manik Sarkar’s tenure.”

He further said the BJP is not a communal party and in the BIP ruled states there is no incident of communal violence rather the opposition who brands BJP as communal are themselves communal.

BJP has appointed Union Ministers – Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram – as Central Observers to help facilitate the election of BJP legislature party leader in the state.

During their visit, they will meet elected members and core committee members. After that meeting, they will submit their report to the BJP parliamentary board. The oath taking ceremony of the new Ministry is most likely to be completed by 10th March, according to party sources.

Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today tendered his resignation to Governor Tathagata Roy.

The ruling NPF, which emerged as the single largest party, extended invitation to the BJP to join the new dispensation. Union Minister and BJP Karnataka poll in-charge Prakash Javadekar has said that the impact of the BJP victory in the north-east will be felt in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls as well.

Prime Minister Hails the BJP Performance(s):

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the historic victory of BJP. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister said:

Prime Minister further tweeted saying:

Prime Minister in another tweet said:

Prime Minister termed the historic victory in Tripura an ideological one. He called it a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation.

Prime Minister further tweeted:

BJP President Amit Shah has thanked the people of Tripura for their massive support to BJP in the state assembly elections. He attributed the victory in the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s politics of development and his commitment to the welfare of North-Eastern region.

He also applauded the hard work and dedication of BJP workers of Tripura unit which has made this historic win a reality.


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It’s a Four; Lalu Yadav Convicted in Yet Another Case

Judge Shiv Pal Singh pronounced Yadav and 18 other accused in the case guilty and acquitted 12 accused.



A special CBI court in Ranchi on Monday convicted RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fourth case of fodder scam in which he figured as an accused.

Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra was acquitted by the court, which will pronounce the sentences on Wednesday.

The verdict in the Dumka treasury case of Bihar’s Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam came as a jolt to RJD, Bihar’s main Opposition party that has the largest number of MLAs in the state Assembly.

Before this, Yadav, 69, has been convicted in three other cases of the scam that was unearthed in the mid-1990s when he was chief minister and had forced him to step down in 1997.

Judge Shiv Pal Singh pronounced Yadav and 18 other accused in the case guilty and acquitted 12 accused.

The case (RC 38A/96) pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.76 crore from the government treasury in Dumka, presently in Jharkhand, even though the withdrawal limit was fixed at just Rs 1.50 lakh.

Officials of the state animal husbandry department, some bureaucrats of the then undivided Bihar government and suppliers of animal food had colluded with politicians to withdraw the funds from the treasury through 96 fake vouchers between December 1995 and January 1996.

Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar at the time.

Special CBI courts in Ranchi have earlier held Yadav guilty in three other cases of the scam.

He was handed a five-year jail term in the Chaibasa treasury case in September 2013; a jail term for three years and a half in the Deoghar treasury case in December 2017; and a jail term for five years in another case linked to the Chaibasa treasury in January last.

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Not Yet Over for Raja, Kanimozhi in the 2G Case; ED Moves Delhi HC

ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.



The Enforcement Directorate on March 19 moved the Delhi High Court challenging a special court order acquitting former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had on December 21 last year acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV.

The ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

On the same day, the trial court had acquitted Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others, including former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, in the CBI’s 2G case.

The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.

Special Judge O P Saini, however, had then held that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove the charges.

The special court, which was set up on March 14, 2011, for hearing 2G cases exclusively, had also acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a separate case arising out of the 2G scam probe.

The first case, prosecuted by CBI, had 17 accused, while the second matter, pursued by ED, had 19 undertrials. The third one had eight accused including Essar promoters.

In the CBI case, Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others were tried under provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, using as genuine fake documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking a bribe.

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On an Apology Seeking Spree, Kejriwal Now Apologises to Gadkari

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari expressing regret over certain statements he made against the BJP leader.



Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia have gone on an apology spree.

After tendering an apology to Punjab leader Bikram Singh Majithia, they have tendered an apology to advocate Amit Sibal, son of former Union Minister Kapil Sibal and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in a criminal defamation case filed by them.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wrote to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari expressing regret over certain statements he made against the BJP leader.

Kejriwal and Gadkari also submitted a joint application today before the court seeking withdrawal of the defamation case filed against the AAP leader.

Kejriwal and Sisodia apologised for making unfounded allegations against Sibal in a letter which was submitted before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.

Sibal and the AAP leaders also filed a joint application in the court seeking withdrawal of the case filed in 2013.

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