Assembly election results 2018: BJP surges ahead in Tripura, leads in Nagaland

A three-tier security is in place in 20 locations across the state where 59 counting halls have been set up.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2018 13:06 IST
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BJP supporters wave party flag to celebrate BJP's lead in Tripura assembly elections, in Agartala. (PTI Photo)

The BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura surged ahead of the Left Front in Tripura, establishing a lead in 40 seats while the Congress was ahead in Meghalaya, according to Election Commission sources.

In Nagaland, the BJP and its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) were leading in 34 seats. The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) was ahead in 24 constituencies.

Election in 59 seats for Tripura’s 60-member Assembly was held on February 18. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to death of a CPI(M) candidate.

The BJP was leading in 29 seats while its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) was ahead in 8 seats.

The ruling CPI(M), which is power for the last 25 years, was ahead in 19 seats, according to the trends.

BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb and party MLA Sudip Roy Burman were leading in their respective seats of Banamlipur and Agartala.

Trends from 59 constituencies of Meghalaya showed the ruling Congress winning two seats and leading in 22 followed by the National People’s Party (NPP) in 13.

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Chief minister Mukul Sangma registered wins from both Songsak and Ampati constituencies.

Polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was held on February 27.

Commenting on the trends in the three states, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that it indicated to a new political direction and would have an effect on national politics as well.

“We are confident of forming government in all three states”, he said.

BJP leader Ram Madhav said, “Seeing the early trends, I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well. In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya”.

“The results of North East are going to be very good for the BJP,” he said.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 10:21 IST