As the counting is underway, the BJP's Tripura in charge, Himanta Biswa Sarma today said his party will form the government after winning around 45 seats in the 60-member Assembly.
The BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) were leading in 31 out of the 47 constituencies whose trends were available, according to Election Commission sources here.
"We will be winning 44-45 seats in Tripura. We will form the government," he told reporters here as initial trends indicated that the BJP is leading in 25 seats out the 59 seats where elections were held.
Crediting the favourable results to the hardwork of party workers of Tripura in the last three years, Sarma said merger of Trinamool Congress' Tripura unit with the BJP was the most significant factor in the politics of the Northeastern state as it consolidated the opposition and anti-CPI-M votes.
"People were fed up with the Manik Sarkar government which has been ruling the state for more than two decades and wanted to get rid of the CPI-M rule," he said.
The Assam education minister also said the BJP's alliance with the tribal dominated IPFT has also helped the saffron party.
"Tribal votes in Tripura is around 35 per cent and they voted for the BJP lock, stock and barrel," he said.
Sarma also dismissed the suggestion that the minorities, particularly the Christians in the Northeast, were against the BJP saying the community "wholeheartedly" supported the party