The verdict of the 2018 Assembly Elections in the three north-eastern states- Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya-is out.
While the BJP-led NDA swept through Nagaland and Tripura, retaining the former and ending the 25-year-old rule of the left in the latter, elections in Meghalaya resulted in a hung assembly with the BJP likely to take power despite its low numbers.
Following is the detailed report on the results:
Nagaland Election results: BJP alliance takes lead in 32 seats
• The Naga People's Front (NPF), which has been in power in the state since 2003, won 27 seats with a vote share of 39.1 per cent.
• The NDPP-BJP alliance on the other hand clinched 28 seats with a total vote share of 39.9 per cent.
• The Congress, which was the state’s main opposition party in 2013, failed to win a single seat this time with a vote share of just 2.1 per cent.
• The three-time Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), was elected unopposed from his seat even before the counting of votes began.
• The north-eastern state of Nagaland went to polls on February 27, 2018 to elect members for the 60-seat Assembly. The elections were held in 59 constituencies.
• The counting of votes began early morning on March 3, 2018.
• Though the NPF is in power in the state in an alliance with the BJP, the two parties did not contest together in the current elections.
• While the NPF contested with the National People's Party (NPP) and the JD (U), BJP chose to contest with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). The NDPP was formed last year from NPF.
• The Congress only fielded 18 candidates in this election.
Tripura Election Results: NDA topples Left, ending their 25-year rule
• The BJP under its state chief Biplab Kumar Deb and along with its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) won 43 seats with a vote share of 50.5 per cent.
• The Left Front led by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who ruled the state for more than 20 years, managed to grab only 16 seats this time.
• The Congress, which had won 10 seats in the 2013 elections and was the main opposition party, failed to win a single seat in the current elections with its vote share too falling from 36.5 per cent to just 1.8 per cent.
• On the other hand, the BJP, which had secured 1.54 per cent votes in the 2013 assembly polls, got over 43 per cent of the votes in the 51 seats it contested this time.
• The CPM, which had 48.11 per cent votes in 2013, managed to get 42.6 per cent this time.
• The NDA’s win on March 1, 2018 ended the CPM-led Left Front’s 25 years of uninterrupted rule in the state.
• The BJP along with the IPFT managed to secure a two-thirds majority in the 60-member House.
• The votes were cast in 59 constituencies of the state on February 18, 2018.
• The result also brings an end to Manik Sarkar’s four-term stint as Chief Minister of the state.
Meghalaya: Hung Parliament, NDA to take advantage
• The Indian National Congress, which has been in power in the state for over a decade, won the single largest tally of 21 seats from the total 60.
• The National People's Party, an NDA ally, won 19 seats, gaining majorly from its previous 2 seats in 2013 elections.
• The Bharatiya Janta Party also won 2 seats, gaining from its previous zero seats in 2013.
• The United Democratic Party (UDP), also an NDA ally, won 6 seats.
• NPP’s Conrad Sangma on March 4 submitted the letter of support to the Meghalaya Governor and staked a claim to form the government, claiming the support of 34 MLAs.
• The NPP with 19 MLAs claimed the support of 6 UDP MLAs as well as two from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and two BJP legislators.
• Sangma is slated to be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state on March 6.
The results, especially NDA’s huge comeback in Tripura, deepen the BJP’s presence in the Christian-majority states across the North-East.
It is expected to serve as a huge booster for the alliance in the upcoming Karnataka elections.
For the Congress, on the other hand, the results underline the party’s popularity deficit in vast stretches.
The Congress desperately needs to retain its hold on Karnataka to strengthen its claim to victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.