Giant BJP Lead In Nagaland, Gripping Numbers In Meghalaya, Tripura


Election results: Counting of votes began at 8 am.

New Delhi:
The BJP and its allies raced ahead in Nagaland as votes were counted today in three northeastern states. The party could face a challenge In Tripura and in Meghalaya, where estranged ally Conrad Sangma is on top.

Here are the top 10 developments:

  1. In Tripura, the ruling BJP has taken a lead over its nearest rival, the Left-Congress alliance. The BJP is hoping for a big comeback, far above its 2018 score of 36. The BJP is currently ahead on 32 seats, just one above the majority mark.

  2. “Tripura will have a BJP Chief Minister, Nagaland will have a coalition government while that of Meghalaya will be decided as per seats won by the BJP,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Chief Minister and the BJP’s chief strategist in the northeast, predicted yesterday.

  3. The Tipra Motha, led by former royal Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, is leading on 13 seats in Tripura. The tribal-dominated party, which is pushing for a Greater Tipraland, is being seen as an x-factor in these elections.

  4. Meghalaya appears to be headed towards a hung assembly, with no party in clear majority yet. Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party or NPP is slightly ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.

  5. In Nagaland, the BJP and its partner NDPP (Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) have surged ahead and are leading on 42 seats in the 60-member assembly.

  6. The outcome of these elections, along with other polls later this year, will be crucial for parties ahead of next year’s general election.

  7. In Meghalaya, the BJP and Conrad Sangma’s NPP contested the election separately after a five-year alliance. But the parties are believed to be in talks. Mr Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma held discussions in a midnight meeting in Guwahati on Tuesday. Sources said they discussed the possibility of a post-poll alliance, though the leaders played it down as a “meeting between friends”.

  8. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress can play a key role in a tight race. An aggregate of four exit polls have predicted that the BJP will get seven seats, up from two, which would take the strength of the alliance to 27 seats, four short of majority in the 60-member assembly.

  9. The CPM, which ruled Tripura for 35 years, has joined forces with the Congress in what is largely being seen as a last-ditch effort to regain its numbers. Over the last five years, both parties have suffered a massive erosion of their support base. The CPM contested 47 of the state’s 60 seats, leaving just 13 for the Congress.

  10. Results will also be declared for a series of by-polls – the Erode (East) seat in Tamil Nadu, Sagardighi in West Bengal, Ramgarh in Jharkhand and Kasba Peth and Chinchwad in Maharashtra.


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