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All set for counting of votes in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

T R Zeliang speaking to the people of 7 Peren A  C ahead of assembly election in Nagaland T R Zeliang speaking to the people of 7 Peren A C ahead of assembly election in NagalandT R Zeliang
Nellie Chapman | 03 March, 2018, 03:09

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are likely to outperform incumbent Governments in the recently-concluded Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections, an exit poll conducted by C-Voter Exit poll suggests. With both the exit polls predicting a hung assembly with the NPP emerging as the single largest party, it will be interesting to see whether or not the two parties join hands to form the next government in the state.

Several exit poll predictions emerged on Wednesday with contradicting predictions of victory possibilities between the BJP-IPFT alliance and the Left Front.

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.

Despite large-scale snags in VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) and EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines), over 92 per cent (excluding 50,770 postal ballots) of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in February 18 peaceful elections in 59 of the 60 Assembly seats, setting a new record in the electoral history of India.

The assembly polls in Nagaland witnessed a similar turnout as Meghalaya recording almost 75 per cent polling.

The assembly elections in Tripura witnessed a turnout of over 75 percent of the total 2536589 voters in the Left-ruled state on February 18. "Our vote share may fall but we are confident of forming the government", party state secretary Bijan Dhar said.

In Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's Congress appears to be on its way out.

Nagaland Chief Electoral Abhijit Sinha said, counting will be done in 12 district headquarters.

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.

Meanwhile, just 24-hours after the polls, state Congress president Kewe Khape Therie said the party "will draw a blank" as its candidates were on an "abandoned ship".

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.

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.

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.

In picture: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang (right) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Add that to the vote and seat share projections for the BJP - 16.6 per cent, and 4-8 seats, respectively and the Meghalaya Congress has good reason to be anxious. It has also predicted that the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) will bag 19-25 seats.