Saffron surge in the North East: Predicts exit polls

Marcus Newton
March 3, 2018

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are likely to outperform incumbent Governments in the recently-concluded Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections, an exit poll conducted by C-Voter Exit poll suggests.

Political bigwigs in the state as well as at the Centre are already chalking out strategies for a rational outcome after Saturday following prediction of a hung assembly by several exit polls and internal assessments showing a tough race to the one-third mark (20 seats) in the 60-member House. The exit poll predictions, if they turn out correct, will also bring an RSS-affiliate proposed Naga peace plan that has gained some traction and sparked a bit of a row centrestage.

Polling to Charilam (st) seat in Tripura was postponed till the 12th of next month due to the death of a candidate.

In Meghalaya, the election was countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of candidate.

The voter-turnout in Tripura was 92 per cent, setting a new record in the electoral history of India.

The Congress may want to look away now: According to C-Voter, its vote share will be 19.7 per cent, and 4 seats.

The BJP has emerged as a strong contender in all the three states and two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old Left Front government in Tripura and consolidate its position in the other two states. The counting of votes in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will begin at 8 am and results are expected by the afternoon.

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The ruling CPI-M has fielded 56 candidates, leaving one seat each to its Left Front partners - the Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

In Nagaland, 349 tables in 17 centres across the state would be set up for counting on Sunday, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Abhijit Sinha, said. The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies. This was, however, a major dip from 2013 assembly election when the state had recorded about 90 per cent voter turnout.

The CVoter poll predicts a 7.2%vote share for the Congress, while the other two polls have grouped the party with "Others", predicting it will get a low vote share.

The exit poll by JanKiBaat-NewsX has predicted that the National People's Party (NPP) will win 23-27 seats with 39 percent vote share and its ally will win 8-12 seats with a vote share of 12 percent.

Four prominent parties are fighting the poll battle in Nagaland - Nagaland People's Front (NPF), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC).

This time around, the Congress tally may come down to 0-4 seats, according to Cvoter survey.

In Nagaland, the BJP has joined hands with the NDPP that was floated by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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