Trends show that in Tripura the Left was racing away with seats after taking good lead over Congress. With this the Left has beaten anti-incumbency factor again and is able to hold its last bastion in India. The same theme is seen in other two states with Congress leading by a healthy margin over UDF in Meghalaya whereas NPF in Nagaland looks set to retain power.
The question now is will the Manik Sarkar-led Left Front bag 49 seats as in 2008 elections.
In Meghalaya the Congress had won 28 seats with the NCP taking 15.
In Nagaland, the NPF had won 26 seats and managed to form the government. Later, it increased the tally to 35 after mergers.
Counting of votes for the 60 Assembly seats in Tripura, 59 of the 60 seats in Nagaland and 60 Assembly seats of Meghalaya began at 8 am today. The entire process of counting will be videographed with micro observers and Election Commission appointed observers.
The long border with neighbouring Bangladesh has been sealed since yesterday.