Congress 'hopeful' of poll victory in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after date announcement

The Congress said it was confident of retaining power in Meghalaya, and winning in Nagaland and Tripura as poll dates for the three northeastern states were announced on Thursday.

IANS January 18, 2018 17:37:44 IST
Congress 'hopeful' of poll victory in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after date announcement

New Delhi: The Congress said it was confident of retaining power in Meghalaya, and winning in Nagaland and Tripura as poll dates for the three northeastern states were announced on Thursday.

Congress hopeful of poll victory in Meghalaya Nagaland and Tripura after date announcement

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"The party workers and the Congress are very excited," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala told media persons soon after the Election Commission announced the poll dates, adding that the party was "hopeful" that it would form governments in these states.

And in the state "where we are not in power for a long time, we will come to that place by contesting elections on the agenda of people", he added.

"The Congress will fight the election unitedly and again the people of the country will see the hard work of the party leaders which they have just witnessed in the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly elections," said Surjewala.

Announcing the single-day poll schedule for the three states, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said that while Tripura will vote on 18 February, Nagaland and Meghalaya will do so on 27 February.

Counting of votes for all the three states, which have 60-member assemblies each, will be done on 3 March.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist is ruling Tripura while the Nagaland People's Front is in power in Nagaland.

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