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Latest state wins show broadening appeal of BJP

Party's performance in North-east a sign it is widening sphere of influence, say analysts

The stellar showing by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state elections in the north-eastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya on Saturday showed the party is successfully widening its sphere of influence from northern and central India, said analysts.

The BJP won by a landslide in the state of Tripura, ending over two decades of rule of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In the other two Christian-majority states of Nagaland and Meghalaya, it came to power in savvy alliances with local parties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Latest state wins show broadening appeal of BJP'. Subscribe