Exit polls predict BJP win in Tripura elections, Left rout

Friday, 02 Mar, 2018

Shillong: Election authorities in poll-bound Meghalaya seized over Rs 38 lakh in cash from East Khasi Hills district today, just a day of the polling for the state assembly.

Polling will be held between 7am and 4pm, except in some polling stations of the interior districts of the state, where the process is scheduled to conclude at 3pm. There are 60-60-member assembly in both the states but for both the states, 59 seats will be cast. Incidentally, polling will be conducted for 59 seats in both the states with one candidate declared unopposed in Nagaland and election in one constituency of Meghalaya countermanded.

The Election Commission is yet to fix the date for polling in Williamnagar Assembly constituency.Initially, the voter turnout was sparse due to the chilly weather. Congress is likely to grab power on 0-2 seats and others are likely to retain 5-7 seats.

Voting started peacefully in Meghalaya but a blast was reported at a polling booth in Nagaland's Tizit village of Monday district about an hour before the polling started.

In Nagaland, a total 1,191,513 voters exercised their franchise, while 1.84 million people voted in Meghalaya. The third poll by CVoter expects a close fight between the Left and BJP, the Left winning 26 out of 34 seats and BJP, 24 of 32 seats.

In Nagaland, the BJP dumped ally NPF for the NDPP, a new party formed by breakaway NPF leader Neiphiu Rio.

As many as 340 polling stations have been categorised as "critical" and 580 as "vulnerable". In two polling stations in South Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills districts, officials forgot to delete the mock poll data from the machines.

A high-decibel campaign came to an end on Sunday evening.

Amongst the national parties, the Nationalist Congress Party is contesting in 2 seats, BJP in 46 assembly constituencies respectively. Anyway, the North-East Congress has been the stronghold and traditionally the saffron party has remained here on the margins.

Khakongor also lauded the effort put in by the government officials to make the poll a successful and peaceful one. There are also 5,925 service voters.

59 percent of the total number of candidates in Nagaland elections are crorepatis. There was a heavy rush of nominees filing their papers on the last day. "They get a vicarious pleasure by splitting parties, spending resources that can't be matched by any political party and making post-poll alliances with regional parties against whom they contest", Joshi said.