Its vote share is likely to dip to slightly over two per cent, the EC source said.
"This is a mandate for peace, stability and development", the party said.
Chief minister of Tripura for the past 20 years, Sarkar, who has been in the election fray for the past 37 years (since 1981), has been elected to the state assembly seven times - in 1981 (by-polls), 1983, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018.
Central ministers have spent more nights in one of these states to deal with their problems in the last four years than they did all the years earlier, he said. "It is also the tradition in the northeast", he said.
The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party and its local allies swept the polls, winning 43 seats in the 59 member house in remote Tripura, ending almost 25 years of communist rule in the state that borders Bangladesh. "We thank the people of Tripura for giving us the opportunity to serve them for the past 25 years". Leading the fight against Yechury was the Kerala unit of the CPI-M, fully under Vijayan's control.
He alleged that the BJP has used both "money and muscle power in Tripura".
The answer to - Who will form the next government in Meghalaya? seems to be becoming more clear now with the decision of the United Democratic Party (UDP) to back the National People's Party (NPP) in its claim to form the government. The Congress had its voters in the state. It already has governments in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
The party has also not given up all hope in the Northeast, and is working out on forming a government in Meghalaya after its losses in Tripura and Nagaland.
In Meghalaya, a multi-party coalition led by BJP ally NPP is set to form the government, while in Nagaland, NDPP leader Neiphu Rio will lead the next government with the support of BJP and JD (U).
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"There is rampant corruption, nepotism and political violence in the state".
Politics in the state tends to be dominated by personalities, not parties.
He said that the Congress has shrunken to its "lowest ever size", which is a lesson for the other parties of the country. "But, the state will be free from BJP", he said.
Taking to Twitter, the CM said that in the midst of all the media speculation about Karnataka elections post Tripura results, people should remember the Assembly segments BJP has lost since 2014.
Prominent winners include Public Works Department Minister Martin Danggo, Information and Technology minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, Excise Minister Zenith Sangma, Social Welfare Minister, Clement Marak and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's wife Dikanchi D. Shira of the Congress.
I thank the people. Till the time Azaan continued, Prime Minister Modi and party workers maintained complete silence in order to pay respect to the Muslim prayer.
"The victory of BJP is not an ordinary electoral victory". "A journey from shunya (zero) to shikhar (the peak)", Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. The party in a statement said the BJP managed to consolidate all anti-left votes by "appropriating the erstwhile main opposition party, the Congress".
"The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one".