The message from national elections was also loud & clear that the electorate would no longer patronage the dynastic politics. Not only the (Indira-Rajiv) Gandhi dynasty that faced wraths from the voters, others belong to the families of Lalu Prasad Yadab, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Bhupinder Hooda, Ashok Gehlot etc also encountered massive rejections in the poll-battles.Even in the restive Northeast, where separatist elements once run parallel administrations, the Lotus bloomed for the saffron party. The region with 25 Parliamentary seats was swept by the BJP and its allies to elect 18 members to the NDA tally in the 17th Lok Sabha. More importantly, voters of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have opted for BJP and NDA constitute Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) for theirs province government in Itanagar and Gangtok.In fact, BJP recorded the best ever performance in the region surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Myanmar and Bangladesh. Keeping alive the national trend, where many veteran Congress leaders lost the electoral battles, northeastern voters also rejected many influential Congress candidates. While the grand old party was losing its vote-shares, BJP nominees had won two LS seats of Tripura and one seat in Manipur for the first time.Unlike many parts of West Bengal, where every phase polling marred with violence, northeastern region witnessed very peaceful, participatory and smooth electoral process that might have helped the residents of various ethnic communities to nurture a new kind of nationalism where the electorate set aside their differences and came forward for a strong, safe and prosperous Bharat.
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