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Mar 04, 2018
2:31PM

Counting trends of assembly polls indicate victory for BJP and allies in Tripura and Nagaland; Meghalaya heading for hung assembly


Putting up a remarkable show, the BJP and its alliance partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, IPFT surge ahead of the ruling CPI-M led Left Front in the counting of votes for 59 Assembly constituencies in Tripura. In Nagaland also, BJP and its alliance NDPP have crossed halfway mark. 

In Meghalaya, Congress is emerging as the single largest party. Out of 21 results declared so far, Congress bagged 11 seats followed by UDP 2, NPP-3, Independent and others 5. Congress candidate and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma have won both Ampati and Songsak seats. NPP candidate Agatha K. Sangma has won South Tura seat defeating her nearest BJP rival B. A. Sangma. In North Tura, party candidate Thomas Sangma has been declared elected. State Home Minister H.D.R.Lyngdoh lost to HSPDP candidate Samlin Malngiang by 622 votes in Sohiong constituency. The ruling Congress is leading in 13 seats.

National Peoples Party is ahead in 12 followed by United Democratic Party 3, BJP 4,  Independents and others 7. Senior Congress leader Ampareen Lyngdoh is ahead in East Shillong seat. UDP’s Metbah Lyngdoh is leading at Mairang while BJP’s J Antonius Lyngdoh is leading in North Shillong. BJP leader Sanbor Shullai is also leading in South Shillong. UDP leader and former Chief Minister Dongkupar Roy is trailing in Shella seat A total of 261 candidates are in the fray including 32 women candidates. The Congress is contesting in 59 seats, the BJP in 47 and National Peoples Party in 53 seats.
In Tripura, BJP-IPFT alliance is making a clean sweep. Four results have come in from Tripura. BJP-alliance has bagged 3 seats followed by CPIM one. The alliance is leading in 37 seats followed by CPIM 17 and CPI one. BJP alone is ahead in 30 seats while its alliance partner IPFT is leading in 7. Congress has failed to open its account. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is leading from Dhanpur while BJP state unit President Biplab Kumar Deb is leading from Banamalipur seat. State PWD Minister and CPIM candidate Badal Choudury is also leading from Hrishyamukh seat.
In Nagaland, 13 results have come in so far. BJP alliance partner-NDPP has won 6 seats and NPF 7. BJP and its alliance partner Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party are leading in 29 assembly seats. While BJP is ahead in 10 constituencies, its alliance partner NDPP has established a lead in 20 seats. NPF is leading in 12, NPP in 2,  JDU 1 and Independents 3. NDPP candidate and Chief Neiphiu Rio was declared elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II constituency.
All the three Northeastern states have a 60-member Assembly, but polling was held for 59 seats each. Polling to Charilam (st) seat in Tripura was postponed until the 12th of this month due to the death of CPIM candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. In Meghalaya, the election was countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in an IED blast.

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