Assembly polls: Counting of votes in 3 northeastern states tomorrow

The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states - Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura - will be held on Saturday amid tight security, officials said. Remember, all three Assemblies have 60 seats, and the winning number is 31. The voting for assembly elections has taken place on 18 and 27 February 2018 and 3rd March 2018 (Friday) will be the big day for Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura when results will be finalized for next 5 years.

While Tripura registered the highest voter turnout in the three states with 92 percent, Nagaland and Meghalaya saw 75 percent and 67 percent respectively.

Even though Meghalaya is a small state, what makes this election special is that for the first time, national leaders across parties are taking a keen interest in the electoral politics of the state. Nagaland also looks like a win for the BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) alliance with both exit polls conducted in the State giving it an edge over the ruling Naga People's Front (NPP).

Most exit pols have predicted the party to upset the 25-year old Left government in Tripura, help unseat the entrenched Congress in Meghalaya and come to power in Nagaland with a regional player.

Ahead of the counting of votes in the state, the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have been deployed along the India-Bangladesh border.

It added that the Left parties would win in 15 out of 20 Scheduled Tribe reserved seats. 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. In the north-eastern state, BJP+ NDPP are likely to win on 27-32 seats. The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies.

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The BJP had earlier announced that it would go solo in the Meghalaya and it did not announce any pre-poll alliance, while its NDA alliance partner the NPP is also contesting elections alone.

The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates.

The CVoter exit poll has predicted the ruling Congress suffering some setback with its tally coming down to 13-19 from 29 while the BJP is set to win 4-8 seats and around 16.5 per cent of vote share.

The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland since the state's inception in 1963, is contesting only in 18 seats, two less than the BJP. As per the JaanKiBaat-NewX exit polls, the BJP-IPFT combine will win 35-45 seats, while the incumbent left font led by the CPI (M) will get 14-23.

In picture: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang (right) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Nagaland, while NPF contested in 58 seats, NDPP in 40 seats and debutant National People's Party (NPP) in 25 seats.

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