From ‘Laal Salaam’ To ‘Jai Shri Ram’ Red Tripura Turns Saffron


Update:  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead of the ruling CPI(M) in the assembly elections in Left bastion Tripura on Saturday. By 5 pm, the BJP alliance had won 34 seats and was leading in nine, looking set to take control of the 60-member assembly. BJP leader Ram Madhav said in a press conference in Agartala that the results could be “historic”, though he cautioned against jumping to a conclusion before the final verdict was out.

The Election Commission website says results have been declared for 45 of 59 seats that went to polls in Tripura. The BJP-IPFT alliance has won 34 seats, and is leading in nine. The CPI(M) has bagged 11 seats and is leading in five.

  • In Nagaland- BJP-25, NPF-29, Cong-02, Others- 04.
  • Meghalaya- Cong-21, BJP-02, NPP- 19, Others- 17
  • Tripura – BJP- 43, CPM-16

In Meghalaya, results have been declared for 55 seats. Of this, the Congress has won 20, the NPP has won 17, the BJP has bagged two and others have won 16 seats. The Congress maintains its lead in one seat and the NPP in two seats.

In Nagaland, the NDPP, which is in alliance with the BJP, has won six seats and is leading in 10, while the BJP has bagged eight seats and is leading in three. The ruling NPF has bagged 17 seats and is ahead in 8, while its partner NPP is leading in three.

  • BJP candidate Biplab Deb wins the Banamalipur seat in Tripura with a margin of 9549 votes. BJP candidate Sudip Roy Barman wins Agartala constituency with a margin of 7382 votes.
  • In Meghalaya, results have been declared for 31 seats. Of this, the Congress has won 12, the NPP has won five, the BJP has bagged two and other parties have won 12 seats. The Congress maintains its lead in nine seats and the NPP in 14 seats.

In Nagaland, NDPP, which is in alliance with the BJP, has won three seats and is leading in 12. The ruling NPF has bagged four seats and is ahead in 19, while its partner NPP leads in three.

In Meghalaya, Congress has won 11, the NPP has won five and other parties have won nine seats. The Congress maintains its lead in nine and the NPP in 15 seats.The BJP, so far, has managed to bag one seat.

In Tripura, BJP-IPFT alliance Tripura is leading in 35 seats and has won six seats, the Election Commission website. CPI(M) stands diminished with one win and has a lead in 17 seats.

  • The BJP is now leading in 41 seats in Tripura even as the Left is ahead in 18 seats.
  • In Meghalaya, the Congress has a lead in 22 seats, followed by the NPP in 16 and the BJP in eight seats. Candidates of other parties are leading in 17 seats. In Nagaland, the NDPP-BJP alliance is leading in 31 seats, while the NPF coalition is lead in 24 seats.
  • Nagaland CM TR Zeliang says he is confident of getting “majority along with our allies”. Zeliang belongs to the NPF camp, which supports the BJP government at the Centre but is fighting a BJP-NDPP alliance in the state.
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  • Locket Chatterjee BJP Mahila Morcha president congratulates all the BJP candidates of Tripura for their magical win.

  • Latest trends show the BJP has surged ahead in Tripura with a lead in 43 seats, pipping the Left, which is ahead in 16 seats.
  • In Meghalaya, the Congress leads in 28 seats, followed by NPP in 10 and the BJP in eight seats.
  • In Nagaland, the NDPP-BJP alliance is leading in 32 seats, while the NPF+ is ahead in 24 seats.
  • The BJP holds a press conference in Tripura capital Agartala as vote-counting continues in three north-eastern states. BJP’s Ram Madhav says his party is on its way to form the government.

“We are satisfied. We’ll wait for the final verdict,” says Madhav, hoping to win 40+ seats in a “historic verdict”. The results are a testimony to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hard work, he says, and also praises BJP chief Amit Shah. Madhav, however, says it won’t be prudent to jump to a conclusion since the final verdict is awaited.

Madhav also says the NDPP-BJP alliance is performing well in Nagaland. He says Meghalaya is heading for a divided house. The senior leader says the BJP parliamentary board will meet in the evening.

  • NDPP’s Neikesalie Kire wins Kohima Town in Nagaland, BJP’s K Sangtam wins Seyochung Sitimi seat. BJP-NDPP alliance now have three confirmed wins in Nagaland. The BJP is headed for significant gains in the state. And irrespective of the outcome, the saffron party is sitting pretty.
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  • In Agartala, BJP’s Sudip Roy Barman is leading by 2,715 votes. Biplab Deb from Banamalipur is also ahead by over 5000 votes.
  • The  BJP advances its lead by 19 seats in Tripura. Current tally in the state stands at:
  •    BJP – 40, Left — 19, Congress — 0, Others — 0
  • The BJP’s vote share is 41% at present. To put things in perspective, in 2013 the BJP’s vote share was 1.54%, and 49 of its 50 candidates forfeited their deposits.
  • Meghalaya – Mukul Sangma (Congress) wins Songsak. Cherak Momin (Congress) wins Kharkutta and Pongseng Marak (NPP) wins Bajengdoba.
  • Will Nagaland get its first woman MLA? Awan Konyak of the NDPP, one of the five women candidates in fray, is leading Eshak Konyak of the NPF by 1,320 votes in Aboi seat. Nagaland has never elected a woman MLA in the state’s 45-year history.
  • Latest trends show the Left is ahead in 25 seats, while the BJP is leading in 34 in Tripura. In Meghalaya, the Congress is ahead in 21 seats, while the NPP leads in 15 and the BJP in six. In Nagaland, the NPF+ is leading in 32 seats, while the NDPP-BJP alliance is ahead in 24 seats.
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  • “The trends in all three states point to a new political direction. It will have an effect on national politics as well. We are confident of forming government in all three,” says Union minister Kiren Rijiju.
  • Nagaland CM TR Zeliang of the Naga People’s Front leading NDPP’s Iherie Ndang by 954 votes in Peren seat.
  • Meghalaya’s richest candidate, Ngaitlang Dhar of the NPP, is trailing Congress’s GB Lyngdoh in Umroi seat by 111 votes. Dhar, with assets over Rs 290 crore, had won the seat in 2013 on a Congress ticket.
  • BJP’s Shanbor Shullai is leading Congress’s Manash Chaudhuri in South Shillong seat in Meghalaya by over 2,800 votes. Shullai had won the seat in 2013 on an NCP ticket. Chaudhuri, who was with the BJP, switched over to the Congress after he was denied a ticket.
  • BJP’s potential CM candidate for Meghalaya, AL Hek, is trailing JB Basaiawmoit of the PDF in Pynthorumkhrah seat by 383 votes. Hek had won the seat as a Congress candidate in 2013.
  • The Congress party is lagging behind others in Nagaland and Tripura. The party, once a major player in northeast, is not leading in any seat in these two states.
  • In Meghalaya, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Agatha Sangma and James Sangma are leading from their constituencies. BJP’s Donkupar Roy is ahead in Shella and Alexander Laloo Hek, a former member of the Congress who then shifted to BJP, is leading in Pynthorumkhrah.

Pale faced CPM in Tripura.

  • Minister Brijita Nath who was quized for Rose Valley Scam still leads in Bagbasa constituency.
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  • The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) leads in six seats, the BJP-NDPP alliance leads in five, and the NPP and the JD(U) in one seat each after one round of counting for 13 seats in Nagaland.
  • “…I feel that in Tripura the BJP is going to do very well. In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well…,” BJP leader Ram Madhav says.
  • Party-wise vote share in Meghalaya, where the ruling Congress appears to have an edge as of now.
  • Tripura CPM leads in 21 seats and BJP in 38 seats. PCC president Birjit Sinha trails in Kailasahar.The Left Front is facing the BJP’s onslaught in Tripura.
  • Meghalaya: Cong-21, NPP-17, BJP- 7
  • Nagaland: BJP-29, NPF- 26
  • The ruling Naga People’s Front leading in two seats and BJP-NDPP alliance in one after the first round of counting in three seats in Nagaland.
  • BJP office in Tripura huge order for sweets while CPM office only left with Red Tea.
  • Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma of the Congress leads from Ampati seat. He is contesting from two seats Ampati and Songsak. NPP-11, Cong-9, BJP-4
  • Nail bitting thriller in Tripura CPM leads in 23 seats and BJP in 23 seats. IPFT chief Separatist leader NC Deb Burman leads in Takarajala, IPFT and BJP coalition.
  • Conrad Sangma’s NPP ahead in Meghalaya.
  • BJP takes big lead in Nagaland.
  • Tripura CM Manik Sarkar Leads In Dhanpur, CPM 18, BJP 21, Cong 2
  • Meghalaya power Congress leads in three assembly seats. Congress 7,BJP 3
  • CM Manik Sarkar leads in Dhanpur, CPM 9, BJP 3,Cong 1. Sudip Ray Burman Leads In Agaratala Constituency.
  • BJP CM candidate Biplab Deb trailing from Banamalipur. BJP and CPI(M) neck and neck in Tripura, as per CVoter.
  • Tripura CPM Leads In 6 Seats & BJP 4. Sudip Ray Burman leads in Agaratala Constituency.
  • Tripura CM Manik Sarkar Leads Dhanpur constituency.CPM &  BJP  leads in other 3 constituency.
  • Counting of votes has begun in Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya. Rapid Action Force personnel guard a counting centre in Agartala, Tripura.
  • We will wait for the verdict of the people. People want change in Mawsynram, says HM Shangpliang, Congress candidate from Mawsynram constituenc.

Agartala/Shillong/Kohima: The counting of votes for the Assembly Elections held recently in three northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will be taken up on Saturday amid tight security. The counting will begin at 8 am, election officials said.

In all three states, the BJP has emerged as a strong contender. In fact, two exit polls have predicted the BJP to dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in the other two states. In Meghalaya, the Congress has been in power for 10 years, while the Naga People’s Front (NFP) has been ruling in Nagaland since 2003, except for a three-month period of President’s rule in 2008.

Riding on the back of the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is pushing hard to expand its footprints in the region.

While polling was held in Tripura on February 18, elections took place in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27.

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 CPI(M) candidate died in Tripura, a 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 since the state’s inception in 1963, is contesting only in 18 seats, two less than the BJP.