The struggle of a 22-year-old to choose her own gender identity has led to farreaching changes for many like her. This is that story JAIPUR,LATECITY MARCH4,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ASSEMBLY ELECTION RESULTS 2018 Impressive showing in North-East boosts BJP prospects in the run-up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls MEGHALAYA Cong NPP BJP Others SmallerpartiesandIndependentsholdkey 21 19 2 17 NAGALAND NDPP+BJP 29 NPF 27 NPP 2 JD(U) 1 Independent 1 BJPholdsthecards,canplayotherparties TRIPURA BJP+IPFT CPI(M) ThumpingwinforBJP,majorityonitsown Electionswerenotheldin1seateachin MeghalayaandTripura WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 43 16 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 7 How Tripura was won In BJP's ideological battle against the Left, in a region crucial to RSS plans, the Tripura result is more than another state victory for the party BJP TAKES TRIPURA, ON TOP IN NAGALAND, HUNG HOUSE IN MEGHALAYA Saffron splash in N-E wipes out Red In Shillong, Cong has most seats, but game wide open BJP ends 25 years of Communist rule in Tripura, Biplab Deb tipped to be CM ESHA ROY AGARTALA, MARCH 3 3 states, only 5 LS seats: Why this is a big deal RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 THAT THE roar of the assembly election results in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, situated on the north-eastern peripheryof thecountry,resonates across the mainland is what the BJP will want. Because therein lies a message for the rest of India, one that’s deeper than the electoralgainsinthethreestates whichaccountforonlyfiveseats in Lok Sabha. The results Saturday will raise ideological and practical political cheer in the ruling BJP while lowering Opposition morale as they all head into the last year of the Modi government before the scheduled 2019 Lok Sabha elections. If the Gujarat assembly electionresultslastDecembergaveit a scare, the ruling BJP suffered a humiliatingsetbackinbypollsin politically important Rajasthan EXPLAINED early last month. While that brought about a spring in Oppositionstep,thediscoveryof apolitically-damaginglargescale fraud in a public sector bank last month also appeared to be adding to dark clouds on the horizon in an election year. TheelectoralgainsfortheBJP in these three north-eastern states and the decimation of the Congress in Tripura and Nagaland and the CPM’s resounding defeat in Tripura has sent a national reminder to the Opposition. The results are a setback to an Opposition that had been gearing to corner the BJP over the bank fraud during the second leg of the Budget session starting Monday. Additionally, given the set of assemblyelections leadingupto the Lok Sabha polls next year, these results will instil confidenceinBJPranks.Awareof this, BJP president Amit Shah indicated as much Saturday, invoking these election results to motivate cadres for the assembly elections later this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. These results are also significant for the external signals on the march of nationalist politics CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWENTY FIVE years of Left rule in Tripura collapsed in spectacular fashion Saturday when the BJP stormed the Communist citadel to secure a two-thirds majority in the 60-member House. Of the 59 constituencies where votes were cast on February 18, the BJP and its ally, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), grabbed 43, ending Manik Sarkar’s four-term stint as Chief Minister. The BJP, which had secured 1.54 per cent votes in the 2013 assembly polls in the state, got over 43 per cent of thevotesinthe51seatsitcontested this time. The CPM, which had 48.11 per cent votes in 2013, managed 42.6 per cent. But the Left Front was trounced in the numbers game, dropping from 50 to 16 seats. The Congress was decimated — it had 10 seats and 36.53 per cent vote share in 2013, but drew a blank this time. InNew Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be DECISION 2018 TRIPURA, NAGALAND, MEGHALAYA MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 Tripura BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb, tipped to be CM, with BJP’s Ram Madhav in Agartala Saturday. Abhisek Saha seeking a second term next year when Lok Sabha elections are due, said the BJP’s Tripura win was not an ordinary electoral CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by party leaders in New Delhi after the gains in North-East. Praveen Khanna BJP in driver’s seat after Kohima photofinish, Cong decimated facebook.com/parlehideandseek BJP may ally with NPF, the party it dumped before polls DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, MARCH 3 A HUNG mandate has the BJP firmly in the driver’s seat in Nagaland.Ascountingdaythrew up a photo finish Saturday with neither the Naga People’s Front (NPF) nor the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) crossing the half way point, the BJP - with 12 seats it contested with the NDPP - can now choose to ally with either party to form government. The NPF emerged the singlelargest party with 27 seats, the NDPP has 17, BJP 12, Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) 2, JD(U) 1, and one independent - 37-yearold Tongpang Ozukum who defeated the working president of the NDPP and former Chief Secretary Alemtamshi Jamir. While the BJP is part of the government with the NPF, it chose to contest elections with the NDPP led by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The NPP and the JD(U) had sent letters of support favouring Chief Minister and NPF chief TR Zielang to Governor PB Acharya on March 1. This leaves the NPF allies with 30 seats while the the BJP-NDPP combine tally stood at 29. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 21 states are now BJP-ruled, home to 70 per cent of Indians ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MARCH 3 HAVING HANDED the CPM a crushing defeat in Tripura and placed itself in a pivotal position in Nagaland, where it is likely to continue in government, the BJP is set to increase the number of states it rules —eitherbyitself or as part of an alliance — to 21. These states, including Tripura and Nagaland, are home toover70percentof India’spopulation. The situation in Meghalaya,thethirdstatewhere Assembly elections were held, SAFFRON SPREAD ■ BJP ■ Congress ■ Others ■ Undecided was fluid on Saturday night. The last time a political party or group had this big a footprint across India was a quarter century ago. In end-1993, after a round of state elections, the Congress held 16 of India’s then 26 states — 15 on its own; one in alliance. The BJP has now established a strong presence across large parts of the Northeast, one of the two regions (the other being the South) where it has traditionally been weak. In 2014, when the Narendra Modi government came to powerinDelhi,theBJPruledjust CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gauri murder: Hindu Yuva Sena man held, cops say another killing planned JOHNSON TA BENGALURU, MARCH 3 SOON AFTER the killing of journalist-activistGauriLankesh(55) outside her house in west Bengaluru on September 5 last year, K T Naveen Kumar, an activistof arightwinggroupcalled Hindu Yuva Sena, went incommunicado. When he resurfaced late last year near his hometown Maddur in southern Karnataka, some 80 km from Bengaluru, a close friend asked him why he had disappeared and not kept in touch.Kumar(37)toldthefriend hehadgoneawaybecauseof the Gauri Lankesh murder. Kumar was arrested on February 18 in Bengaluru for possession of illegal arms —in theformof prohibited.32or7.65 mm bullets — by a Special Investigation Team probing the Gauri Lankesh murder after vital information emerged in the course of the illegal arms case. Also the the leader of the Maddur unit of the Hindu Yuva Naveen Kumar has been held with firearms MEGHALAYA SATURDAY threw up a hung Assembly with the rulingCongressbagging21seats, downfrom29in2013andfalling 10 short of simple majority, and Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party making giant stridestomuster19seats.Hectic efforts were under way by both theCongressandtheNPPtorope in smaller parties and Independents to form a government. Among the three states that went to polls, the Congress had focused all its energies on Meghalaya, even upsetting its leaders in Tripura and Nagaland. Kewe Khape Therie, the Nagaland Congress chief, had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sena - a rag tag group that occasionally dons the role of culture and moral police - Kumar has provided a voluntary statement to the police about his involvement in the murder. Based on the statement and other findings provided by the SIT, a magistrate’s court in Bengaluru remanded Kumar to eight days SIT custody on Friday. During the time he was underground-specificallyafterthe SIT released CCTV footage on October 14, 2017 of a man, built CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur @parlehideandseek
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.