Assembly polls: Counting of votes in 3 northeastern states tomorrow

Counting of votes cast in the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be taken up on Saturday.

Tripura went to polls on February 18 and elections were held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27.

Polling was held for 59 of 60 Assembly seats in each of the three states for different reasons. Meghalya and Nagaland assembly polls were held on February 27.

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

As far as exit polls are concerned, the BJP is expected to dethrone the Left from its citadel - Tripura. People strongly wish for a BJP government in Tripura.

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 BJP, which is resolutely trying to make a "Congress-mukt Bharat", is eyeing both Meghalaya and Mizoram that will go to polls by the end of the year.

Despite large-scale snags in EVMs and VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) over 92 per cent (excluding 50,770 postal ballots) of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in the peaceful election.

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.

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The AxisMyIndia exit polls predict an overwhelming majority for the saffron party, which it gives 44-50 seats and left is excepted to win in 9-15. The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies. The other prominent candidates are Biplab Deb (BJP) and Birajit Sinha (Congress). C-Voter predicts that the Grand Old Party will get 36.5 per cent of votes, and 13 to 19 seats.

In 2013, the BJP had badly lost all 13 seats it contested with a vote share of 6.2 per cent.

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.

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.

CVoter has also predicted that NPP will win the most number of seats, i.e., 17-23 segments, while its ally BJP could win 4-8 seats. In Nagaland, while NPF contested in 58 seats, NDPP in 40 seats and debutant National People's Party (NPP) in 25 seats.

This time around, the Congress tally may come down to 0-4 seats, according to Cvoter survey.

The BJP had given a call for Chalo Paltai ( let's change) at the hustings in an all-out bid to wrest the state from Manik Sarkar whose charisma as a simple and humble chief minister helped the Left return to power in successive elections.

  • Rita Burton