Counting of votes in the north-eastern states of Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya will be taken up at 8 AM on Saturday. Voters cast their votes in 59 out of the 60 constituencies in all three states. Tripura went to polls on February 18 while Meghalaya and Nagaland voted on February 27.
The assembly elections in all three states are crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to expand its foothold in the north-east. BJP currently rules in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and the results tomorrow will play an important role in deciding BJP’s role in the north-east.
Exit polls have suggested that BJP will dethrone the incumbent CPI-M which has been ruling the state since 1993. Both BJP and CPI-M have shown confidence in the poll results tomorrow.
Bijan Dhar, CPIM-M Tripura State Secretary said that the Left parties are “more than confident” of forming the government in Tripura. Biplab Kumar Deb, BJP’s Tripura president has expressed confidence in the people of Tripura. He said that the people of Tripura “strongly wished for change” and want a BJP government in the state.
BJP was badly defeated in the assembly elections in Tripura in 2013. BJP has contested on 50 seats and failed to win even a single seat, thus making this year’s elections even more important for the party.
Meghalaya, that recorded a voter turnout of 84 per cent, will see a competition between the BJP, Congress, National People’s Party (NPP) and the newly formed People’s Democratic Front.
Exit polls suggest that the ruling Congress might suffer a setback in these elections. According to CVoter figures, BJP is expected to win 4-8 seats and around 16.5 per cent vote share. Congress’ tally is expected to come down between 13-19 seats from 29 seats.
The NPP may get 17-23 seats, CVoter figures suggested. BJP has partnered with NPP for these elections, thus the exit poll figures of BJP and NPP combined are a cause of worry for the ruling Congress in Meghalaya.
BJP suffered a major loss in the 2013 assembly elections in Meghalaya.
In Nagaland, BJP is contesting elections in partnership with local party NDPP (National Democratic Progressive Party). BJP and NDPP are contesting elections on 20 and 40 seats respectively.
According to CVoter figures, BJP and NDPP combined will get 38.4 per cent vote share and around 25-31 seats. Meanwhile, the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) is expected to win 27.1 per cent voter share and around 19-25 seats.
Congress tally is expected to come down to 0-4 seats, CVoter figures suggest.