The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have demolished the last Left Front bastion in the country, Tripura and secured a majority in the 60-member Assembly. After a neck-and-neck battle in Tripura Assembly elections 2018, the Left Front was ousted from power in the state after 25 years, out of which Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Manik Sarkar occupied the chief minister's post for 19 years.
At 11:30, trends for 58 out of the 59 seats for which counting took place had come in and BJP+ was leading in 37 constituencies with the Left Front ahead in only 22. BJP's superlative performance can be gauged from the fact that from just 1.54% (33808 votes in 50 seats that the party contented) in 2013 Assembly elections, it garnered 41.7% of the votes in 2018. The CPM had 48.11% (10,59,327 vots in 55 seats) share in votes in the last Assembly elections and is still the largest party in terms of vote percentage with almost 44.5%.
Tripura saw a no-holds-barred campaign by the BJP as the party went all out to break Left Front’s stranglehold in the Northeastern state. The Left Front consisting of CPI(M), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) was confident of retaining power in the state. It banked heavily on Manik Sarkar, the poorest chief minister in the country with just ₹3,930 in cash and total assets worth ₹2.5 lakh, but the move failed as Tripura voters went with BJP's slogan of "Chalo Paltai" (let's make a change).
Tripura voted on February 18 in 59 seats, out of the 60 with almost 89 percent of the voters coming out to exercise their franchise. Elections were countermanded in Charilam constituency as CPM candidate and sitting MLA Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma died on February 11 following a cardiac arrest. The constituency will vote on March 12.