Shillong : The Counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states- Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura – is progressing amid tight security.
The BJP has emerged as a strong contender to the CPM in Tripura. The North Eastern state is witnessing a neck and neck flight between the two parties.
BJP – 40
Left – 18
Cong – 0
Others – 1
In Nagaland also BJP is leading,
NDPP-BJP – 30
NPF – 27
In Meghalaya, Congress is leading
While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) has been power in Nagaland since 2003, except for 3- month period of president’s rule in 2008.
Though the strength of each of the Assemblies in the three states is 60 members, voting was held for 59 constituencies in all of them, for different reasons. While a CPM candidate died in Tripura, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in Meghalaya, which resulted in countermanding of the polls in one seat each in the two states. In Nagaland , the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) chief Neiphiu Rio was declared elected unopposed.
In Meghalaya, the Congress fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies. For the first time, Meghalaya Chief minister Mukul Sangma is contesting from two seats.
In Nagaland, the BJP has joined hands with the NDPP that was floated by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The NDPP is contesting on 40 seats and the saffron party on 20. The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland sicne the state’s inception in 1963, is contesting only in 18 seats, two less than the BJP.
The election process in Nagaland had started on a difficult note. Following a no- poll diktat from the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations that advocated “solution before election”, political parties initially kept away from the poll process.