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Modi-led BJP Bags Lion’s Share in Northeast Regional Elections

NEW DELHI: Jubilations for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as his party BJP has swept northeast regional elections.

This is being regarded as a major victory for Modi ahead of the national election in 2019.

The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies won 43 seats in the 59 member house in remote Tripura.

This victory has brought an end to nearly 25 years of communist rule in the state that borders Bangladesh.

Elections in the three northeastern states — Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya — were held in February with results announced Saturday.

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.

“The northeast has today come forward to lead India on the path to development,” Modi told a jubilant crowd of supporters at the victory speech in New Delhi party headquarters.

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