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BJP supporters wave party flag to celebrate BJP's win, which brought down 25 years of CPI-M government rule, after Tripura Assembly election results were announced in Agartala
Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018: The counting of votes is underway on Saturday for Tripura assembly election results 2018, Nagaland assembly election results 2018 and Meghalaya assembly election results 2018, respectively. 

Putting up a spectacular show, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), were headed for a landslide electoral victory in Tripura assembly elections, ousting the CPI-M-lead Left Front that was in power in the state for the last 25 years. State President Biplab Kumar Deb is likely to be the chief minister. 

Even in Nagaland assembly elections, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which has an alliance with BJP, is giving tough competition to ruling party Naga People's Front (NPF). If NDPP fails to reach the half-way mark, BJP may have an "understanding" with the ruling NPF to form a new government of the three parties in the state.

Congress’ only hope to consolidate its position seems to be Meghalaya assembly elections as it close to reaching the half-way mark.

Polling was held for 59 of 60 Assembly seats in each of the three states for different reasons. Tripura Assembly elections 2018 were held on February 18. A party requires 31 seats to win.


7:14 PM IST BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-third majority in 60-member Tripura Assembly. BJP wins 32 and IPFT 8 seats: EC

7:02 PM IST People of Northeast had a sense of alienation, our govt worked overtime to remove it: Narendra Modi in address to BJP workers

6:58 PM IST A neck and neck fight is on in Nagaland where the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) has bagged 21 seats so far and the NDPP-BJP alliance captured 19 constituencies. Results of 42 seats of the 60-member House have been declared so far. The NFP, which has been in power in the state since 2003 except for a three-month-long break during the President's Rule in 2008, is ahead in four seats.

6:53 PM IST The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It is a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2018

6:52 PM IST Time and again, election after election, the people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development oriented agenda of the NDA. People do not have the time or respect for negative, disruptive and disconnected politics of any kind. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2018

6:50 PM IST The North East has today come forward to lead India on the path to development: PM

6:35 PM IST Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly with the ruling Congress emerging as the single largest party after winning 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls last month. The National People's Party (NPP) was at the second position with 19 seats, according the results. The BJP, which contested 47 seats, could win only two.

6:28 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi pauses his speech mid way at BJP Headquarters for Azaan

6:27 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses BJP workers at party HQ in Delhi after election results in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland

6:14 PM IST BJP's victories in Tripura, Nagaland endorsement of Modi's leadership: Shah

6:10 PM IST Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had campaigned in Tripura, today gave the credit for BJP's performance in assembly elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies, besides the electoral strategy of party president Amit Shah.

6:09 PM IST BJP wins majority in Tripura, winning 30 Assembly seats, is leading in five others: EC

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BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-third majority in 60-member Tripura Assembly. BJP wins 32 and IPFT 8 seats: EC
People of Northeast had a sense of alienation, our govt worked overtime to remove it: Narendra Modi in address to BJP workers
A neck and neck fight is on in Nagaland where the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) has bagged 21 seats so far and the NDPP-BJP alliance captured 19 constituencies. Results of 42 seats of the 60-member House have been declared so far. The NFP, which has been in power in the state since 2003 except for a three-month-long break during the President's Rule in 2008, is ahead in four seats.
The North East has today come forward to lead India on the path to development: PM
Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly with the ruling Congress emerging as the single largest party after winning 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls last month. The National People's Party (NPP) was at the second position with 19 seats, according the results. The BJP, which contested 47 seats, could win only two.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pauses his speech mid way at BJP Headquarters for Azaan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses BJP workers at party HQ in Delhi after election results in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had campaigned in Tripura, today gave the credit for BJP's performance in assembly elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies, besides the electoral strategy of party president Amit Shah.
BJP wins majority in Tripura, winning 30 Assembly seats, is leading in five others: EC
Latest trends on Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
BJP+IPFT 6 37
Left Front 5 11
INC 0 0
Others 1 0

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 12 15
NPF 7 18
INC 0 0
Others 7 1







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 1 20
NPP 1 18
Others 1 17
BJP 0 2

Results in favour of BJP in Tripura and other states are a reflection of likely verdict in Karnataka and Lok Sabha polls, says BJP chief Amit Shah.
BJP President Amit Shah spoke to the media. Key highlights of his speech:

In 2014 Narendra Modi Ji had said western side of the nation has developed a lot but the same has not reached the eastern side yet. He immediately started his 'Act East Policy'. I believe this is the victory of his policies, stamped by the 3 states of the northeast.

BJP might have a clear majority in Tripura but we will also include other members of our alliance in the cabinet.

We will march towards Karnataka, with this massive victory with us.

Jahan tak Left ka sawaal hai, ye siddh ho chuka hai ki Left desh ke kisi bhi kshetra ke liye right nahi hai




We have a clear majority in Meghalaya. We have a setback in Tripura in Nagaland, we will have to work on that, says Congress' Ahmed Patel



PM Narendra Modi has finally spoken on the keenly-watched Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Here's what PM Modi said in a series of Tweets:

"Time and again, election after election, the people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development oriented agenda of the NDA. People do not have the time or respect for negative, disruptive and disconnected politics of any kind."

On Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: 2018 Tripura election will be remembered as an epoch-making one! What my sisters and brothers of Tripura have done is extraordinary. We will leave no stone unturned in transforming Tripura. 2018. The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It is a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves



On Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018: I assure my sisters and brothers of Nagaland that we will continue to work for the progress and prosperity of Nagaland. I applaud the tireless work of the local BJP unit.

On Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018: The welfare of Meghalaya is of utmost importance for us. I appreciate the BJP Karyakartas for their continued efforts in the state to serve the people.



Polit Bureau thanks the 45% of the voters who extended support to CPI(M) & Left Front. We assure the people of Tripura that it will continue to champion the cause of all sections of the working people & uphold tribal-non tribal unity: CPI(M) 
Latest trends on Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:


Parties Leads Won
BJP 28 7
Left Front 11 5
INC 0 0
Others 5 5

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 24 6
NPF 16 9
INC 0 0
Others 4 1







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 9 11
NPP 14 5
Others 9 9
BJP 2 0

BJP pitches for 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat'

"In a way, the entire northeast is now with the BJP. Initially, we used to say 'Congress Mukt Bharat' now I think we can say 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat' also," Ravi Shankar Prasad told ANI.

Prasad also added that the result will affect Kerala politics too and said, "Leftists first lost West Bengal now they have been dethroned from Tripura. This will clearly affect the politics of Kerala."


Tripura agriculture minister loses

Tripura Agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma (CPI-M) was defeated by a margin of 6,988 votes by his nearest rival Mevar Kumar Jamatiya of IPFT in Asharambari ST constituency, Election Commission sources said.
 
Aghore Debbarma secured 12,200 votes, while Jamatiya secured 19,188 votes.
 
IPFT's Prashanta Debbarma defeats his CPI-M rival Padma Debbarma by 4,235 votes in Ramchandraghat ST constituency.
Parrikar congratulates Modi, Shah for Tripura win

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for the party's victory in Tripura.


Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018 recap
 
> BJP set to end Left Front’s 25-year rule in Tripura 
 
> Congress close to half-way mark in Meghalaya 
 
> NDPP, an ally of BJP, running neck-and-neck with ruling NPF in Nagaland
 

Latest trends for Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:
 

Parties Leads Won
BJP 29 4
Left Front 16 2
INC 0 0
Others 4 4

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 30 0
NPF 21 4
INC 0 0
Others 2 3







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 9 11
NPP 14 5
Others 9 9
BJP 1 1
 

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters amid celebrations



Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: Apart from Agartala, BJP workers celebrate outside party office in Trivandrum


Here's what latest trends show for Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:

 

Parties Leads Won
BJP 41 0
Left Front 18 0
INC 0 0
Others 0 1

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 31 0
NPF 21 4
INC 0 0
Others 5 0







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 13 9
NPP 13 3
Others 11 6
BJP 4 0

BJP co-opts the Congress in Tripura, develops opportunism to a fine art 

Prima facie, it can seem that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to achieve its objective of ushering in a Congress-mukt (free) India in the northeast, especially in Tripura, by being in a position to come to power in at least two of the three states which went to the polls last month, according to IANS writer Amulya Ganguli, who is a political analyst.
 
However, such a conclusion will be facile. The reason is that in Tripura, for instance, the BJP has succeeded in coopting virtually all the entire 30-plus per cent support base of the Congress. As a result, it can be said that the BJP in Tripura at present is really the Congress by another name.
 
True, there will be elements in the party who are ideologically close to the BJP, mostly as a result of the groundwork done by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the state. But their numbers cannot be large considering that the BJP's vote share in the last three elections hovered around one per cent while the Congress' voting percentage was consistently above 30 per cent. It is difficult to believe, therefore, that the BJP's jump from zero seats in the state assembly to 40-odd was the outcome of an entirely new party coming into existence.

 
Here's what latest trends show for Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
BJP 41 0
Left Front 18 0
INC 0 0
Others 0 0

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 31 0
NPF 23 0
INC 0 0
Others 5 0







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 16 0
NPP 13 0
Others 11 0
BJP 4 0

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet this evening to decide on the future Chief Minister of Tripura, where the party is likely to form a government, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said.

The BJP Parliamentary Board comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari besides a few others.
Meghalaya CM wins from both seats

Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma  from both Ampati and Songsak constituencies, Election Commission sources said.

Sangma, who is the chief minister since 2010, retained Ampati seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Bakul Ch Hajong by over 6,000 votes.

He also won from Songsak constituency defeating his nearest National People's Party rival Nihim D Shira by over 1,300 votes. The BJP was in the third position.

The chief minister's wife Dikkanchi D Shira also won from Mahendraganj seat defeating her nearest BJP rival Premananda Koch by over 6,000 votes, the sources said.
Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Meghalaya PWD minister and Congress candidate Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh wins from East Shillong constituency defeating her nearest BJP rival Neil Antonio War by over 5,000 votes.
 
Meghalaya Home minister and Congress candidate H Donkupar R Lyngdoh lost to Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) contestant Samlin Malngiang by 622 votes.
The BJP and its ally surged ahead of the Left Front in Tripura establishing a lead in 40 seats, while CPI(M), which is power for the last 25 years, was ahead in 19 seats, according to the trends available.

In Nagaland, the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) was ahead in 26 constituencies. The BJP and its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) were leading in 31 seats.

The Congress is leading in Meghalaya with 24 seats. 


Here's what latest trends show for Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
BJP 40 0
Left Front 19 0
INC 0 0
Others 0 0

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 31 0
NPF 26 0
INC 0 0
Others 4 0







Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 24 0
NPP 14 0
Others 14 0
BJP 7 0

Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018: In Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be possibility of a post poll alliance, says Nalin Kohli, BJP's Meghalaya incharge





Watch: BJP 's Ram Madhav addresses the media in Agartala


"This is a revolutionary result, all due to the blessings of Tripura Sundari Mata and people of the state and the hard work of PM Modi and party workers."

"In Meghalaya a divided result is a possibility, we will see that a non-Congress Govt is formed there. Himanta Biswa Sarma ji is leaving for Meghalaya shortly."

Click here to know more 


Huge vindication for consistent development that has been seen in Northeast in past 4 yrs that did not happen in last 7 decades. People have reasons to believe that this is the dispensation that they can look forward to trust for future growth, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh



Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: BJP workers have already begun celebration in Agartala as trends show the party leading 



BJP is all set for a historic win in Tripura, I would like to congratulate PM Modi, Amit Shah ji and our party workers. Even our performance in Nagaland and Meghalaya is historic. Important day in Indian politics, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath



Tripura Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
BJP 39 0
Left Front 20 0
INC 0 0
Others 1 0

Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
INC 28 0
NPP 13 0
Others 10 0
BJP 8 0
UDP 0 0

Here's what latest trends show for Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018

Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018:

Parties Leads Won
NDPP+BJP 31 0
NPF 26 0
INC 0 0
Others 3 0









Tripura Assembly Elections 2018

Putting up a remarkable show, the BJP and its alliance partner, Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, surged ahead of the ruling CPI-M-led Left Front in the counting of votes for the 59 assembly constituencies in Tripura on Saturday. BJP is leading in 39 seats
 
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spearheaded Left Front, which has been ruling the Northeastern state uninterruptedly for the past 25 years, is leading in 20 of the 60 seats for which trend is available. 
 
The BJP had got only around 1.5 per cent votes in the assembly election five years back. 
 
Sitting CPI-M legislator and Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma (Asharambari constituency), Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly Pabitra Kar (Khayerpur), Samiran Malakar (Pabiachara), Manoranjan Debbarma (Mandai Bazar), Ratan Das (Ramnagar), Manindra Chandra Das (Kalyanpur-Promodnagar) are among the notable Left candidates who are trailing.
 
Chief Minister and CPI-M politburo member Manik Sarkar (Dhanpur constituency), Health and PWD Minister Badal Choudhury (Hrishamukh), Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty (Chandipur), BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), BJP nominees Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur) are leading over their rival candidates.

The Modi government is keen to implement its political intent in the northeast. Having formed governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes to consolidate its hold over the other five states. Winning coming assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, scheduled around April 2018, is considered critical in implementing some of its national and foreign policy promises.
 
Ensuring the Nagaland peace talks and moving towards a comprehensive agreement seem critical to the BJP's plan for the region. It seems an opportune moment to co-opt Naga factions that remain outside the peace talks. With the general election in India scheduled for 2019, the conclusion of the decades-long peace talks with the Naga insurgents groups is bound to yield rich dividends for the government and the region itself.
Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: BJP takes lead

Parties Leads Won
BJP 35 0
Left Front 24 0
INC 1 0
Others 0 0
TMC 0 0

That 272-or-bust feeling: Modi is fighting to retain BJP's majority

Whatever the Congress may count for in the big test of 2019, in every state election this year, except Tripura, it will be the BJP’s main challenge, writes Shekhar Gupta


Modi targetted Manik Sarkar government
 
He said: Poor people had to commit suicide because their hard earned money was looted by chit funds and some state ministers were accused of being involved. Those who are involved in the chit fund scam would not go unpunished.

Click here to read all about Modi's rally on February 15
What PM Narendra Modi said on Tripura elections 

Modi, during a February 16 rally, said the communist government sheds crocodile tears for labourers but did not grant them minimum wages.

He said if voted to power, his party would provide minimum wages to the labourers as per central rates, and pay salary to state employees according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
Nagaland Assembly Election Results 2018

Parties Leads Won
NDPP 25 0
NPF 31 0
INC 1 0
BJP 0 0
Others 2 0











Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018: 

Parties Leads Won
INC 22 0
NPP 15 0
Others 13 0
BJP 6 0
UDP 0 0

Here are the latest trends

Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018


Parties Leads Won
Left Front 30 0
BJP 28 0
INC 1 0
Others 1 0
TMC 0 0

BJP is leading is all the 14 seats in Agartala, Tripura
Security in Tripura

The Election Commission has appointed 47 general observers and eight police observers to oversee the counting process.
 
Metal detectors and six CCTVs in each counting hall were installed while videography is being done to record the entire counting process.
 
Trends are encouraging, I am hopeful and confident that BJP will form the government in Tripura, says BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma



After the counting of postal ballots, the ruling CPI-M-led Left Front and opposition BJP candidates are heading neck-and-neck in all the 59 assembly constituencies in Tripura, an election official said.
 
 
Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018: The BJP seems to be stealing the bastion from the Left as it is now leading in 30 seats, while the Left is closing in with 28 seats.
Northeast Assembly Election Results 2018: This time around, the BJP appears to be leaving no stone unturned to push the Congress out of power and add Meghalaya to its kitty. The BJP's push in the northeast, which has traditionally been a Congress stronghold with the saffron party being a marginal player, is being keenly watched by political observers.
Even if NDPP comes to power in Nagaland, it will have to work on to generating employment in the state as jobs remain a key concern in the poll-bound state. Moreover, lapses in infrastructure development hold significant implications for Nagaland’s future.

Click here to know Nagaland's growth in the past few years
Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018: 

Parties Leads Won
INC 18 0
NPP 13 0
Others 11 0
BJP 4 0
UDP 0 0

Nagaland Assembly Election Results 2018: 

Parties Leads Won
NDPP 32 0
NPF 23 0
INC 2 0
BJP 0 0
     
Others 0 0

Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018: 

Parties Leads Won
Left Front 30 0
BJP 28 0
INC 1 0
Others 1 0
TMC 0 0

Seeing the earlier trends, I feel that in Tripura, BJP is going to do very well. In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya. The three results of North East are going to be very good for BJP, says Ram Madhav from BJP



Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018

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

In India's 65-year-old electoral history, the CPI-M has never before come in direct electoral battle with the BJP.
 
The ruling CPI-M has fielded 56 candidates, leaving one seat each to its Left Front partners -- the Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in 50 seats and left nine seats for its ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT).
 
The Congress fielded candidates for all 59 constituencies. However, its official nominee, Sukumar Chandra Das in Kakraban-Shalgarha Assembly seat (Scheduled Caste reserved seat), withdrew his nomination and joined the BJP.
 
The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates.
 
Of 60 seats, 20 are reserved for tribals and 10 for Scheduled Caste.
Kiren Rijiju says in talks with Conrad Sangma, is confident of support in Meghalaya
ECI trends for Nagaland Assembly Elections: NPF leading on 4 seats, BJP-NDPP leading on 3 



Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018: 

Parties Leads Won
Others 17 0
INC 11 0
NPP 10 0
BJP 3 0
UDP 0 0


Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018: While the counting votes is underway, let's take a look at how insurgency and poor infrastructure is pulling the state down

The incumbent Congress party is looking to retain its turf as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to win a sizeable number of seats for the first time in the tribal-dominated, Christian-majority (74.5%) state’s 38-year history. (Click here to read full report)
BJP set to win Tripura, Nagaland; close finish in Meghalaya: Exit polls

Two exit polls on Tuesday predicted that the BJP will dethrone the Left front from power in Tripura.
 
According to the exit polls, the BJP will also consolidate its position in two other northeastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland.
 
Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: It's a neck-and-neck fight between the Left and BJP. Now, the Left is ahead in 26 seats, and BJP following in with 24 seats

Parties Leads Won
Left Front 26 0
BJP 24 0
INC 2 0
Others 1 0
TMC 0 0

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: Early trends show that BJP is leading in Tripura with 25 seats, whereas four-time chief minister Manik Sarkar's CPI(M) is closely following in with leads in 24 seats. The Congress, on the other hand, is leading in two seats. 


Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018

Parties Leads Won
Left Front 25 0
BJP 23 0
INC 1 0
Others 1 0
TMC 0 0
 

Meghalaya Assembly Election Results 2018


Parties Leads Won
Others 11 0
INC 8 0
NPP 6 0
BJP 4 0
UDP 0 0
 

Nagaland Assembly Election Results 2018

Parties Leads Won
NDPP 9 0
NPF 0 0
INC 0 0
BJP 0 0
Others 0 0


BJP is aiming to expand its footprint in the region, especially after it formed governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. 
Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018: Huge crowd has gathered at Shillong Polo ground where people can see counting trends through a projector



Early trends show close contest between CPM and BJP in Tripura.

BJP-led alliance leads with 22 seats in Tripura, Left ahead only in 14
Tripura Assembly Elections 2018

The Tripura Assembly Election result, to be declared tomorrow, will have far reaching consequences not only nationally but also within the CPI (M), which has been in power in the state for the past 25 years, a leader of the Left party said.

"If the Left Front wins in Tripura then there might not be any chance of altering the political draft that has been adopted. But, if the BJP wins then the question of adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP will again come up," he told PTI.

Click here to read more
 
Nagaland Assembly elections 2018

In Nagaland, 349 tables in 17 centres across the state have been set up for the counting of votes, its Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said.
 
Votes in Nagaland are being counted in the presence of the candidates and their agents under the supervision of the respective district returning officers and assistant returning officers, State Additional CEO N Moa Aier told PTI.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that it would be a 'historic victory' of the BJP in Tripura and Nagaland and accused the Congress party of using a communal card in Meghalaya. 

"We will snatch Tripura from the communist. We have got the edge in Nagaland and it will be a historic victory. In Meghalaya, it was polarized between Christians and non-Christians, and it is unfortunate that the Congress used the communal card there," Swamy told ANI.

He further said the result of the assembly polls will clear the picture of 2019 General election
While a CPI(M) candidate died in Tripura, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in Meghalaya, and this resulted in countermanding of the polls in one seat in each of the two states.
Though the strength of each assembly is 60, voting was held for 59 constituencies in all the three states, for different reasons
BJP, Left run neck and neck in Tripura, lead in 5 seats each
No leads in Meghalaya so far
There is adequate security at counting centres and we hope there will be no untoward incident and counting will pass off smoothly: D Marak, SP Shillong 
We will wait for the verdict of the people. People want change in Mawsynram, says H M Shangpliang, Congress candidate from Mawsynram constituency. 
Counting of votes has begun 
Counting of votes for Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections is set to begin from 8 am 
Mamata says CPI-M lacked spirit to resist BJP in Tripura polls
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura had never shown any seriousness to resist the saffron party in that state.
 
Instead of challenging the BJP in Tripura, the CPI(M) is busy opposing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, she said.  
 
Had there been any seriousness on its part, the CPI(M) which is the ruling party in Tripura, could have received cooperation from the TMC, even though the latter was not that strong in that state, Banerjee said in the West Bengal Assembly while countering the Left party's strong opposition to the West Bengal Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018. The TMC supremo alleged that the Left party "left space" for the BJP in Tripura.
Tripura scripts record with over 92% electorate votes
 
Over 92 per cent of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in the peaceful elections in 59 of the 60 Assembly seats, setting a new record in the electoral history of India, an official said. Tripura went to the polls on February 18. 
 
In the 2013 and 2008 Assembly polls, Tripura registered 92 per cent and 91 per cent voting, respectively.
 
"The final vote tally is around 90 per cent (89.8) but taking into account the postal ballots, the total percentage is a little over 92 per cent," an Election Department official had said on February 19.
75 per cent voter turnout in Nagaland polls
 
Nagaland recorded around 75 per cent voter turnout in the Assembly elections on February 27 amid sporadic violence, which led to the death of a person in Zunheboto district.
 
Polling was held in 59 out of the total 60 constituencies as Neiphiu Rio, the three-time former chief minister and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party candidate, was elected unopposed in Northern Angami-II seat.
 
State chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said the polling percentage was on the basis of voting till 4.30 pm and the figure was likely to go up as voting was completed in 1,500 out of the 2,056 booths across the state till then. 
73% votes polled in Nagaland re-polling 
 
Around 73 per cent voter turnout was reported in the re-polling at 13 polling stations across nine constituencies in Nagaland on Friday, an election department official said. 
 
"Altogether, 5,728 voters out of the 7,841 exercised their franchise in the 13 polling stations. That means, 73.05 per cent votes were polled," said CEO Nagaland Abhijit Sinha.
 
The voting passed off peacefully, he said.
84.86 per cent polling in Meghalaya
 
Meghalaya recorded 84.86 per cent polling in the Assembly election held on February 27, state Chief Electoral Officer F R Kharkongor said.
 
In the 2013 Assembly elections in the state, the voter turnout was 86.82 per cent. This year's polling percentage is expected to go up further after voting in Williamnagar constituency, he had said.
 
Polling in Williamnagar was countermanded after the death of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in a militant attack.
Nagaland: Re-polling in 11 polling stations held on Friday
 
Nagaland's chief electoral officer (CEO) announced that re-polling in 11 booths would be spread across nine Assembly constituencies on Friday. The nine constituencies where the re-polling was to be held were Tamlu, Peren, Kohima Town, Chizami, Phek, Meluri, Tizit, Pungro-Kiphire, and Llongkhim-Chare.
 
The election for 59 seats of the 60-member state Assembly was held on February 27. However, in the wee hours of the polling day, a bomb blast happened at a polling station in Tizit, injuring one person. 
The JanKiBaat-NewsX Exit poll has predicted that the BJP-IPFT alliance in Tripura would win 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 per cent. The AxisMyIndia poll has predicted that the alliance will get 44 to 50 seats with a vote share of 49 per cent. 
Two exit polls show BJP winning Tripura  

In Tripura, two exit polls have suggested that the BJP will dethrone the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led government that has had an uninterrupted run in the state since 1993.   
BJP says people want change
 
BJP Tripura unit President Biplab Kumar Deb said: "People want change. People strongly wish for a BJP government in Tripura. It is certain that the BJP will form the next government in Tripura." 
 
"During the election campaign, we have witnessed that the people become fanatic to become free from the misrule of the Left government," a confident Deb said.
CPI-M-led Left Front says BJP's electoral juggernaut will be stopped in Tripura
 
Both the ruling CPI-M-led Left Front and the opposition BJP sounded optimistic about forming the next government in Tripura as officials prepared for Saturday's counting of votes cast in the February 18 Assembly elections.
 
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar said the Left parties were "overconfident" of forming the next state government.
 
"There is no doubt that the eighth Left Front government would be formed after the counting of votes on Saturday. People of Tripura voted for the Left parties on February 18 for peace and steady development in the state," said Dhar, also a CPI-M central committee member.
 
"Bharatiya Janata Party's juggernaut would be stopped in Tripura elections. Victory of Left parties in Tripura would also boost the anti-BJP alliance in the Indian politics," added Dhar, also the convener of the Left Front, comprising four Left parties -- Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party besides CPI-M. 
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, along with a large section of leaders from Bengal, have been vocal about the adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP. 
 
However, Yechury's political line has been vehemently opposed by the party's Kerala unit, along with politburo member Prakash Karat, who is known as a hardliner in the CPI (M).
 
On January 21, the CPI(M) central committee had voted against the draft political resolution pitched by Yechury proposing an alliance with the Congress.
 
Instead, it adopted a draft resolution, which will be placed before the party congress, ruling out any form of electoral alliance or adjustment with the Congress. 
The Tripura Assembly Election result, to be declared on Saturday, will have far reaching consequences nationally and also within the CPI (M), which has been in power in the state for the past 25 years, a leader of the Left party said. 
 
The BJP has emerged as a strong contender in Tripura as well as in Meghalaya and Nagaland. Two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in the other two states. 
 
"If the Left Front wins in Tripura, then there might not be any chance of altering the political draft that has been adopted. But, if the BJP wins, then the question of adjustment with the Congress to stop the BJP will again come up," the leader said.   

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