Assembly Elections: Counting of votes for Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Saturday

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting vote during re-polling of Tripura Assembly elections in Agartala on Monday. | PTI

As counting of votes begins for the Meghalaya assembly election on Saturday analysts believe that the ruling Congress might have a hard time to retain its power in the state.

Who are the current chief ministers in poll-bound Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura? The exit poll predictions, if they turn out correct, will also bring an RSS-affiliate proposed Naga peace plan that has gained some traction and sparked a bit of a row centrestage.

Polling to Charilam (ST) seat in Tripura was postponed till the 12th of next month due to the death of CPIM candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma. Meanwhile, the BJP has emerged as a strong contender in all the three states and two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in Nagaland and Meghalaya. According to the Election Commission, voting percentage was recorded at 89.8 per cent in Tripura. In a first, Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma is contesting from two seats. Besides declaring pre-poll alliance with the NPF, both the NPP and the JD (U) in Nagaland have expressly declared in the agreements that T R Zeliang shall be the chief minister of the state should the NPF form the next government with its allies.

Two exit polls have predicted that the saffron party will come to power in Tripura in alliance with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) while one predicted a close contest between the CPM and BJP-IPFT.

It added that the Left parties would win in 15 out of 20 Scheduled Tribe reserved seats. All the three states have 60 assembly seats each but elections were held in only 59 constituencies. The CPI-M had won 49 of the 55 seats it contested while the Congress managed to win 10 out of 48 seats it contested.

To the advantage of the Congress it has fielded candidates in all the constituencies, followed by the NPP in 52 constituencies, the BJP in 47 and the UDP in 35. The other prominent candidates are Biplab Deb (BJP) and Birajit Sinha (Congress).

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 exit poll by JanKiBaat-NewsX has predicted that the National People's Party (NPP) will win 23-27 seats with 39 percent vote share and its ally will win 8-12 seats with a vote share of 12 percent. The BJP is looking to take all the three north east states, confident of its performance after its two successive victories in Assam and Manipur in the last two years.

The voting in the state was held in 59 of the total 60 constituencies as three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDDP) has been declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II constituency.

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