BJP retains power with allied parties in three border states

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and its allies retained power in elections in three northeastern states on Thursday by securing comfortable majorities in the strategic border region.
Vote results showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura, allowing it to either form a government independently or continue alliances with regional political parties to stay in power.
“If we are winning elections, it means we are winning people’s confidence,” Kiren Rijiju, a federal minister in Modi’s government, said after results started trickling in and showing the BJP ahead.
In Tripura, the BJP was set to form the government for a second term. –Agencies