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North East Assembly Election results 2018 updates: BJP drubs Left in Tripura, gets alliance invite in Nagaland; Meghalaya hangs in balance

The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three states in the North East — Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura — will be held on Saturday amid tight security.

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North East Assembly Election results 2018 updates: BJP drubs Left in Tripura, gets alliance invite in Nagaland; Meghalaya hangs in balance

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Rijiju says BJP will form govt in Nagaland, Tripura; party silent on Meghalaya

The BJP will form the next government in Nagaland with the help of other parties, Union minister and BJP in-charge for the state Kiren Rijiju said today, indicating that the party's erstwhile ally NPF may align with it. The BJP was part of the NPF-led government in Nagaland till the Assembly elections but parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP.​

Asked whether the BJP and NDPP will be in a position to form the next government without the help of party's erstwhile ally Naga Peoples Front (NPF), which won in 17 seats and was likely to win eight others, Rijiju said."

The NPF has already passed a resolution on alliance with the BJP". The BJP has won eight seats in Nagaland and was set to grab three others, while the NDPP won six and was set to win 11 more.

The party could manage a clear majority in Tripura along with ally IPFT.

Meanwhile, ​Meghalaya appeared set to have a hung Assembly. 

While Amit Shah ruled out the possibility of the BJP, whose NDA partner National People's Party has won 19 seats, engaging in horse-trading in Meghalaya, he did not say anything specific on the issue. "We will have to wait for the full results to come out before coming to a decision," Shah said indicating that the party has not yet given up attempts to forge alliances to keep Congress out of power. 

BJP and NPP had contested the elections separately. BJP has won two seats in the state where the Congress has won 19 seats so far and was ahead in two.

Inputs from agencies

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Mar 03, 2018 - 22:30 (IST)

BJP wins Tripura but Congress is the biggest loser not Left

The TV debates today were centred on how BJP managed to script history in Tripura Assembly Polls through its active North East policy, sheer hard work and strategic booth-level management. Ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPM-led Left Front in the state was no small feat. 

But an analysis of the breakup of the vote share shows the sheen of the spectacular win was earned at the cost of Congress rather than the Left. The BJP managed to swallow up the entire Opposition space rather than making any drastic inroads into the traditional Left vote base.

Congress, which was the principle Opposition party in the outgoing Assembly, failed to open its account and was restricted to a meagre 1.8 percent of vote share. The party had managed to win 36.53percent votes in 2013 Assembly elections.   

Mar 03, 2018 - 21:33 (IST)

Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao talks of third front amid BJP's commendable show in North East 

Mar 03, 2018 - 21:28 (IST)

Vote share divide in Tripura dampens BJP's claim of 'ideological shift'

The BJP is jubilant after drubbing Left in its own bastion. "The party did not have even a single corporator in the state and all but one of our Assembly candidates could not even save their security deposits in last polls. From there to winning a clear majority is a huge achievement," Ravi Shankar Prasad told one of the TV channels. Likewise, Modi also said that Left isn't right for any part of India and the people were disenchanted with them. 

However, while the party's performance was nothing less than spectacular, it would be wrong to say the state had an ideological turn-around within a span of five years.

Election Commission data showed that if you don't factor in the alliance partners, BJP and CPM's vote share was very comparable: The BJP bagged 43 percent vote share while CPM had 42.7 percent votes and it was leading in the last remaining seat. The collective vote share of BJP + IPFT was 50.5 percent while CPI + CPM got 43.5 percent votes. 

Mar 03, 2018 - 20:57 (IST)

BJP confident of forming govt in Nagaland, Meghalaya, says JP Nadda; announces names of observers for three states

Hours after results projected a clear picture in three northeastern states, Union minister JP Nadda said that his party was confident of forming a government in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya. 

While the party has scored majority in Tripura, in Nagaland it is banking on the support of NPF. In Meghalaya the math is going to be tougher as Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats while BJP on its own could manage only 2 seats. It is looking to form an alliance to keep Congress out of power.                                                                    

Mar 03, 2018 - 20:37 (IST)

JD(U) Nagaland extends support to BJP

JD(U) Nagaland said it will support BJP in forming a government, ANI reported. "This decision is taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict of the just declared results of the conducted general election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly & also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance in Delh," the party said.

According to Election Commission website, the party is leading in one seat. 

Mar 03, 2018 - 20:22 (IST)

BJP, Congress leadership scrambles in Meghalaya as state heads for hung Assembly

With election the Congress emerging as the single-largest party in Meghalaya, the party today rushed two senior leaders to the northeastern state to explore possibilities of forming a government. Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong this morning to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya to form a government there even as Nath claimed that the party was in touch with "associates."

From the BJP side, Himanta Biswa Sarma, one of the most polished hand in the northeast politics, was rushed to feel around for alliance possibilities so as to keep Congress out of power. 

Numerically, the Congress stands a better chance, simply because BJP has limited seats and thereby will have to strike the crucial balance between the ministerial ambitions of a larger number of allies. On the other hand, Sarma's expertise in the northeastern politics will favour BJP; while. Nath and Patel are veteran politicians, lack roots in the state. 
           

Mar 03, 2018 - 20:01 (IST)

Here's what the tally of all three states look like at 8.00 pm

Mar 03, 2018 - 19:52 (IST)

BJP Parliamentary meeting underway at BJP HQ as jubilant party workers celebrate Tripura win

Mar 03, 2018 - 19:49 (IST)

BJP used all powers to manipulate politics, people's mandate: CPI on North East polls

The results in the northeast, including Tripura, show that the BJP has used all powers, including money, to manipulate politics and the people's mandate, CPI national secretary D Raja said today.

 
He said the way the BJP has entered into an alliance with certain forces like the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) is highly questionable and exposes the BJP's hypocrisy.
 
In its 25 years of rule in Tripura, the Left front has ensured harmony among all sections of people and given them good governance, and there are no allegations against it, Raja said.
 
PTI

Mar 03, 2018 - 19:41 (IST)

Tripura has joined the national centre stage: Ram Madhav

BJP leader Ram Madhav, speaking to India Today, said that by voting for BJP Tripura has joined the national centre stage. The BJP leader was reacting to a question on the so-called ideological swing in the Left bastion.

"We're extremely happy. We contested on 20 seats and have won 11 seats. CPM used goondaism & got rejected by people, we have only used democratic methods to contest this election. Congress is not relevant in Tripura and Nagaland," Madhav told. 

LIVE Counting updates: The BJP and its ally IPFT were set to end the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura with a strong showing in the Assembly polls, while Meghalaya seemed to be headed for a hung House. In Nagaland, a close finish was on the cards, according to available trends.

The Manik Sarkar government seems to be on its way out in Tripura with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) taking a giant lead over the CPI (M). In Meghalaya, the Congress is leading, but the BJP is confident of forming the government along with UDP and NPP. Congress has already rushed senior leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel to Shillong to check horse-trading and hold alliance talks.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the man behind the BJP’s performance in Tripura, said the alliance with IPFT (Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura) was the game changer. Mukul Sangma (INC) wins in Songsak, Cherak Momin (INC) wins Kharkutta.

In Nagaland, the NPF+ seems set to retain power, marching past the BJP-NDPP alliance, whose CM face Neiphiu Rio has already won unopposed from Northern Angami-II.

Securing the North East is more important for BJP than it would appear at present in light of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. If by-election results in various states are anything to go by, BJP's seats in the core Hindi heartland are set to take a downward revision. Gujarat is a battle, Rajasthan is looking precarious, Madhya Pradesh isn't too promising either. In most of these states where BJP was the dominant force in 2014 and swept everything that came its way, it appears to have saturated.

Counting of votes cast in the Assembly elections in three states in the North East — Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland — began. Heavy security was deployed in Tripura and Meghalaya.

The counting will begin at 8 am and results are expected by the afternoon. Tripura went to the polls on 18 February while elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland were held on 27 February.

In Tripura, two exit polls have suggested that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may dethrone the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led government that has had an uninterrupted run since 1993.

Ahead of Saturday's counting, both the CPM and the BJP claimed that they will form the next government in the state.

CPM Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar said the Left parties were "more than confident" of forming the next government. BJP state President Biplab Kumar Deb said that people of Tripura wanted change and "strongly wished for a BJP government" in the state.

North East Assembly Election results 2018 updates BJP drubs Left in Tripura gets alliance invite in Nagaland Meghalaya hangs in balance

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. PTI

The party had contested 50 seats in the last assembly polls in 2013 and its candidates forfeited their deposits on 49 seats. With 1.87 percent of votes, it failed to win any seat. The CPM had won 49 of the 55 seats it contested while the Congress managed to win 10 out of 48 seats it contested.

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

Balloting in Charilam has been deferred to 12 March after the death of a CPM candidate.

JanKiBaat-NewsX Exit poll had predicted that the BJP-IPFT alliance in Tripura would win 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 percent while that by AxisMyIndia had predicted that the alliance will get 44 to 50 seats with a vote share of 49 percent.

A total of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents, are in the fray in the state.

The ruling CPM 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 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in 50 seats and left nine seats for its ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The Congress fielded candidates for all 59 constituencies but one of its candidates withdrew his nomination and joined the BJP. The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates.

In Meghalaya, which saw around 84 percent voting, the contest involves the ruling Congress, BJP, National People's Party (NPP) and the newly floated People's Democratic Front.

Polling in Williamnagar constituency of the state was countermanded following the death of Nationalist Congress Party candidate in an IED blast.

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. It said the local National People's Party (NPP) may get 17-23 seats.

In 2013, the BJP had badly lost all 13 seats it contested with a vote share of 6.2 percent. The NPP had won only two seats out of 32 it contested.

In Nagaland, the BJP is contesting the polls in alliance with the newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the two are contesting 20 and 40 seats respectively.

The CVoter survey has predicted a victory for the BJP-NDPP with the combine likely to get 25-31 seats with 38.4 percent vote share.

It predicted that the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) will bag 19-25 seats with a vote share of 27.1 percent. NPF had won 38 seats and 47.65 vote share in 2013 elections.

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

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.

Follow all the LIVE updates from Nagaland here

Follow all the LIVE updates from Tripura here

Follow all the LIVE updates from Meghalaya here

With inputs from IANS

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