New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a lot to cheer over the election results from Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. While it has won Tripura and Nagaland in alliance with local parties, it is set to become part of the ruling alliance in Meghalaya where Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) emerged as the single largest party but fell short of the majority.
In Tripura, the BJP and Indigenous People Front of Tripura (IPFT) together secured 33 seats. In Nagaland, the alliance of the BJP and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party together has bagged 37 seats. The majority mark in both states is 31 seats.
In Meghalaya, the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) has won 26 seats. Although it has emerged as the single largest party, it will not be able to form the government on its own, for the majority mark is 31 seats. The United Democratic Party, which was NPP’s ally, emerged as the second-largest party, winning 11 seats – up from six in 2018.
NPP leader and chief minister Conrad Sangma reached out to the BJP to seek support, according to Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The BJP has won two seats in the state and NPP would still need additional numbers to stake claim to form the government.
Taking to Twitter, Sarma, BJP’s pointsperson for the northeast, announced the post-poll alliance with Sangma’s party. The two parties had decided to go alone in the election after differences over corruption allegations against Sangma’s NPP.
Adaraniya Sri @JPNadda ji , the national president of the @BJP4India has advised the state unit of BJP, Meghalaya to support the National people’s Party in forming the next government in Meghalaya. @SangmaConrad
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 2, 2023
In Tripura, the Left Front and Congress alliance were taking on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura. Making things interesting was the Tipra Motha, a new party voicing a ‘Greater Tipraland’ demand, under Pradyot Manikya Debbarma.
BJP and the IPFT have won 33 seats; BJP bagged 32 seats and IPFT one seat. The majority mark is 31 seats in the House of 60.
The Congress and Left have won 14 seats together; CPI (M) secured 11 seats and Congress bagged three seats. Tipra Motha has won 13 seats. The counting of votes in Tripura is now complete.
The news agency PTI has reported that a total of 89.98% of 28.12 lakh voters exercised their franchise during polling on February 16. Incidents of violence had been reported on the day.
Exit polls in Meghalaya had predicted a hung assembly, leading to reports that the ruling National People’s Party is keen on a post-election alliance with the BJP.
NPP has won 26 seats. The Congress has bagged five seats while the BJP has won two seats. The United Democratic Party has won 11 seats. The halfway mark is 31. The counting is now complete in Meghalaya.
NPP leader and chief minister Conrad Sangma has retained the South Tura constituency by a margin of nearly 3,000 votes.
Polling took place in 59 of Meghalaya’s 60 constituencies; at Sohiong seat, it was adjourned due to a candidate’s death.
The alliance of BJP and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, under Chingwang Konyak, has won 37 seats and is leading in two seats. While the BJP has won 12 seats, NDPP bagged 25 seats.
The Naga People’s Front has won two seats, and the National People’s Party five seats. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has won seven seats. The counting of votes is now complete in Nagaland.
Nagaland also voted across 60 constituencies, on February 27. Repolling was held in four stations on March 1.
Isolated incidents of violence marked election in the state, where the turnout was 83.63%.
This copy was updated with complete results and republished at 11 pm on March 2.