Election 2018 Begins, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya Date Announced

Frederick Owens
January 19, 2018

Announcing the single-day poll schedule for the three states, Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti said that while Tripura will vote on February 18, Nagaland and Meghalaya will do so on February 27.

The counting of votes for all the three states will be held on 3rd March.

Announcing the dates for the polls, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti on Thursday said the counting will be held on March 3.

With this announcement, the model code of conduct has kicked in with immediate effect. The voters in Tripura would exercise their franchise on 18 February while elections will be held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on 27 February. The CPI (M) had bagged 49 of the state's 60 assembly seats while its ally, the CPI, had won a lone seat.

The BJP is working through its ally National People's Party (NPP) in Christian-majority Meghalaya, where the Congress may face a tough fight this time.

The Congress, battling internal rebellion by MLAs in Meghalaya, is in power with Mukul Sangma as the chief minister.

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The party's energies are concentrated on Tripura, which has been under the Left Front's rule since 1993 with Manik Sarkar as chief minister for four terms.

Shah accused the 15 years of "misrule" in Meghalaya resulting in pushing the State behind all other states in country in terms of development.

While Nagaland is ruled by BJP ally Naga People's Front, the ruling party at the Centre has declared its intent to make the entire North-East "free of Congress-Left rule". The BJP has seven MLAs while the Congress has two lawmakers in the state.

Buoyed by its recent victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and having formed its first Government in Assam in 2016, the BJP is looking at expanding its base in the North-eastern States.

We hope to see, how the election pans out in these states because northeast states are one of the most overlooked states by the central government in the past, as claimed by the political parties of these states.

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