Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Assembly Elections: Counting of votes in 3 North Eastern states on Sunday

Assembly Elections: Counting of votes in 3 North Eastern states on Sunday

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of winning majority in Left's stronghold Tripura and strengthen its footprint in other two northeastern states - Nagaland and Meghalaya - where results for Assembly elections will be announced on Saturday.

While Tripura went to the polls on February 18, elections were held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27.

The C-Voter exit poll, on the other hand, believes that it will be a close fight between the left and the BJP, where the former is excepted to win 26-34, while the latter and it's allies are excepted to rake up 24-32.

Polling to Charilam (st) seat in Tripura was postponed till the 12th of next month due to the death of a candidate.

Despite large-scale snags in EVMs and VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) over 92 percent (excluding 50,770 postal ballots) of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in a peaceful election.

CVoter too claimed a victory for the NDPP-BJP In Nagaland with 25-31 seats with 38.4 per cent vote share and gave the NPF 19-25 seats with a vote share of 27.1 per cent. In Tripura, the chief minister is Manik Sarkar and in Meghalaya, the chief minister is Mukul Sangma. The BJP has might emerged as a big player in the assembly election 2018. Counting of votes in all the three states will begin amid tight security at 8 AM and first trends are expected to pour in an hour or so. The CPI-M dominated Left Front has been in power since 1978, except for 11 years (1972-1977 and 1988-1993) when the Congress and a breakaway faction led by five Chief Ministers were at the helm in the state.

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A total of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents, are in the fray in the state.

In Meghalaya, the Congress fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies. If the exit polls are right, and two of them gave the State to the BJP while one had the BJP and CPI-M in a dead heat, the saffron party has pulled off in three years of sustained organisation-building and agitprop what the Congress had been unable and/or unwilling to do in 25.

JanKiBaat-NewsX Exit poll had predicted that the BJP-IPFT alliance in Tripura would win 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 per cent while that by AxisMyIndia had predicted that the alliance will get 44 to 50 seats with a vote share of 49 per cent. The other prominent candidates are Biplab Deb (BJP) and Birajit Sinha (Congress).

More bad news for Congress president Rahul Gandhi: His party's vote share and seat will be 7.2 per cent and 2 respectively, according to the poll. In CVoter's estimate, the NPP will get 17-23 seats and the BJP 4-8 seats in Meghalaya. In Nagaland, while NPF contested in 58 seats, NDPP in 40 seats and debutant National People's Party (NPP) in 25 seats.

Current Nagaland Chief Minister is TR Zeliang.

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