Assembly elections Highlights:
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In a saffron surge in the northeast, the BJP put up a spectacular show in Tripura on Saturday, and was looking to formation of coalition governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya in the face of hung verdicts. Here are the highlights:
Mar 03, 2018 15:21 IST
By HT Correspondents

The BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) were leading in 40 out of 59 constituencies, trends showed on Saturday. T

In Tripura, the BJP -- which had no MLAs in the outgoing assembly and had polled just 1.5% votes in the 2013 elections, losing deposits in 49 of the 50 constituencies it contested secured over 42% of votes in the February 18 elections.

In Nagaland, the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was leading ahead of the ruling Naga Peoples Front (NPF) while the Congress took the lead in Meghalaya although it did not cross the halfway mark. The BJP is looking to form coalition government in both the states.      

Tripura went to the polls on February 18 while elections in Meghalya and Nagaland were held on February 27.

Mar 03, 2018 03:21 PM IST

How the Congress party lost Tripura and Nagaland

Relegated to the political margins in Tripura and Nagaland for decades, the failure to open its account on Thursday completed the Congress’ decimation in the two north-eastern states. Infighting, lack of resources, non-visible central leadership, lacklustre campaigning and the perceived tacit understanding with the Left appeared to have cost the Congress dear in Tripura in the just-concluded elections. 

Click here to read the full story 

Mar 03, 2018 02:42 PM IST

How RSS helped BJP in Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya

Ahead of the assembly election results, the Sangh quietly worked in the Christian-dominated Nagaland and Meghalaya, where BJP has gained and could well be a part of the government; and in the Left turf of Tripura, where the BJP looks set to form the government. Click here to read the full story 

Mar 03, 2018 01:29 PM IST

Assembly election results update

In Nagaland, the BJP-NDPP alliance is leading in 32 seats, while the NPF+ is ahead in 24 seats.

In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress party established an early lead. By noon the Congress was leading in 28 seats, followed by the NPP in 10 and the BJP in eight seats. While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, the Naga People’s Front has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, except for a three-month period of President’s rule in 2008.

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

Mar 03, 2018 11:48 AM IST

BJP lauds 'historic' result in Tripura

BJP holds a press conference in Agartala, Ram Madhav says party's lead in Tripura is a "historic result" due to the blessings of Tripura Sundari Mata and people of the state. He also lauds the "hard work of PM Modi and party workers".

Trends show BJP is now leading in 41 seats while the Left is down to 18, a start contrast from the 49 seats it had bagged in previous assembly elections.  

Mar 03, 2018 11:31 AM IST

BJP looks set to sweep Tripura

The  BJP advances its lead by 19 seats in Tripura. Current trends stand at: 

BJP -- 39, Left -- 20, Congress -- 0, Others -- 0

Mar 03, 2018 10:28 AM IST

Trends so far

INC -- 14
NPP -- 6
UDP -- 4
Indepdents -- 3
BJP -- 1
PDF -- 3

NPF -- 29 
NDPP -- 26
NPP -- 2
Others -- 2

CPI(M) -- 29
BJP -- 29
Congress -- 0 
Others -- 1

Mar 03, 2018 10:03 AM IST

Update: Nagaland election results

The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) is leading in six seats, the BJP-NDPP alliance leads in five, and the NPP and the JD(U) in one seat each after one round of counting for 13 seats in Nagaland.

Mar 03, 2018 09:46 AM IST

BJP reacts to gains in three states

Ram Madhav says BJP and alliance partners are performing well, and the assembly election results in the three northeastern states will be very good for the party.

Mar 03, 2018 09:28 AM IST

Initial trends in Nagaland assembly elections

Mar 03, 2018 09:12 AM IST

Incumbent chief ministers lead

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar of the CPI(M) is leading in Dhanpur seat while Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma (Congress) is leading from from both seats --- Ampati and Songsak.

Mar 03, 2018 08:36 AM IST

Early trends emerge

According to early trends from Tripura, CPM is leading in 6 seats and BJ+ is leading in 5. 

In Meghalaya, trends show Congress leading in 3 seats, BJP in 1, NPP in 3 and others in 3.

Leads could change once EVM votes are counted. 

Mar 03, 2018 08:20 AM IST

Counting begins

Counting of votes begins for Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections. Results will be displayed on the Election Commission website. 

Postal ballot will be counted first, followed by EVMs. 

Mar 03, 2018 07:55 AM IST

Congress setback in Meghalaya?

The CVoter exit poll has predicted that the ruling Congress' tally will coming down to 13-19 from 29 while the BJP is set to win 4-8 seats. The National People's Party (NPP) may get 17-23 seats.