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Northeast election results 2018: "Be alert, Congress culture shouldn't seep in," says PM Modi


The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states - Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura -began on Saturday amid tight security. The election results will be declared on the Election Commission of India's website.

PM Modi addressing party workers at BJP headquarter. Courtesy: ANI news

The results in Tripura are perhaps the most remarkable where the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to form the government - an unprecedented first in state that has been held by the CPM-led Left for over two decades now.

In Meghalaya, the Congress has taken a strong lead with CM Mukul Sangma leading in Ampati constituency. Party leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel are headed to Shillong amid fears of horse-trading.

In Nagaland, the NPF+ seems set to retain power, marching past the BJP-NDPP alliance, whose CM face Neiphiu Rio has already won unopposed from Northern Angami-II.

Counting of votes began from 8 AM in all the states amid tight security. Meanwhile, 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 Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Stay tuned for the LIVE updates:

Newest First Oldest First
7:00 PM, 3 Mar
People spreading rumours and confusion were given the best reply democratically: PM Narendra Modi
6:53 PM, 3 Mar
PM Modi paid tribute to BJP workers who lost their lives, by observing silence for a minute before he began his speech.
6:51 PM, 3 Mar
I do not have the figures but I think the elected team in Tripura is the PM PM Modi: youngest ever team. Some of them were even scared that would be rejected on the grounds of their age. Such young candidates successfully won people's confidence
6:51 PM, 3 Mar
"The North East has today come forward to lead India on the path to development," says PM Narendra Modi
6:49 PM, 3 Mar
PM Modi says,"Election analysts in India will have to understand the journey from No one to One, shunya se shikhar tak. When the sun sets it is red in color and when it rises it is saffron."
5:09 PM, 3 Mar
The Election Commission website says results have been declared for 37 of 59 seats that went to polls in Tripura. The BJP-IPFT alliance has won 27 seats, and is leading in 16. The CPI(M) has bagged 10 seats and is leading in six. In Meghalaya, results have been declared for 45 seats. Of this, the Congress has won 16, the NPP has won 13, the BJP has bagged two and others have won 14 seats. The Congress maintains its lead in five seats and the NPP in six seats. In Nagaland, the NDPP, which is in alliance with the BJP, has won five seats and is leading in 11. The ruling NPF has bagged 13 seats and is ahead in 11, while its partner NPP is leading in three. The BJP has bagged seven seats and is leading in four.
5:08 PM, 3 Mar
'Will win Karnataka polls, Manik Sarkar’s government was a failed one. No development took place in Tripura in the last 25 years,' says Amit Shah.
4:32 PM, 3 Mar
BJP might have a clear majority in Tripura but we will also include other members of our alliance in the cabinet, says Amit Shah
4:31 PM, 3 Mar
BJP president Amit Shah, says, "In 2014 Narendra Modi Ji had said western side of the nation has developed a lot but the same has not reached the eastern side yet. He immediately started his 'Act East Policy'. I believe this is the victory of his policies, stamped by the 3 states of the north-east."
4:14 PM, 3 Mar
Ahmed Patel, Congress said,''We have a clear majority in Meghalaya. We have a setback in Tripura in Nagaland, we will have to work on that. Absolutely baseless, is it a crime for someone to visit his own grandmother? It has become a profession for him to make unnecessary comments.
3:55 PM, 3 Mar
The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It's a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves, tweets PM Narendra Modi
3:44 PM, 3 Mar
Nagaland Chief Minister and Nagaland Peoples Front candidate T R Zeliang retained his Peren constituency defeating his nearest NDPP rival Iherie Ndang by 5,432 votes
3:44 PM, 3 Mar
In Nagaland, the ruling NPF, headed by CM TR Zeliang, has passed a resolution, expressing its desire to continue its alliance with the BJP.
3:21 PM, 3 Mar
Tripura agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma (CPI-M) was defeated by a margin of 6,988 votes by his nearest rival Mevar Kumar Jamatiya of IPFT in Asharambari ST constituency, Election Commission sources said, according to PTI
3:10 PM, 3 Mar
'Applaud hard work of our BJP workers, says Amit Shah
2:54 PM, 3 Mar
In Tripura, the BJP-IPFT alliance is leading in 35 seats and has won six seats, the Election Commission website says. The ruling CPI(M) stands diminished with one win and has a lead in 17 seats. In Meghalaya, results have been declared for 26 seats. Of this, the 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 Nagaland, the 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.
2:38 PM, 3 Mar
Will abide by party's orders. It is team victory saus Biplab Deb
2:37 PM, 3 Mar
Kerala: BJP workers celebrate outside party office in Trivandrum as BJP is set to win in Tripura.
2:36 PM, 3 Mar
BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters amid celebrations.
2:34 PM, 3 Mar
BJP leader and North East Democratic Alliance convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma was sent to Shillong on Saturday by the party leadership to try and form a non-Congress government in Meghalaya amid likelihood of a split verdict, news agency IANS reports.
2:34 PM, 3 Mar
Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar can take shelter in West Bengal, Kerala or neighbouring Bangladesh as the BJP is going to form the next government in the state, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, according to PTI. He also says if BJP chief Amit Shah is a student of post graduation then Congress president Rahul Gandhi is still in nursery class.
1:59 PM, 3 Mar
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma wins both from Ampati and Songsak constituencies.
1:51 PM, 3 Mar
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.
1:07 PM, 3 Mar
In a way the entire north east is now with the BJP. Initially we used to say "Congress mukt Bharat' now I think we can say 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat" also: Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad
1:06 PM, 3 Mar
I will be supporting any party that works for the welfare of the people of state, says SK Sunn, Independent candidate who won from Mawphlang constituency in Meghalaya
12:52 PM, 3 Mar
Latest trends show the BJP has surged ahead in Tripura with a lead in 40 seats, pipping the Left, which is ahead in 18 seats. In Meghalaya, the Congress leads in 22 seats, followed by NPP in 14 and the BJP in six seats. In Nagaland, the NDPP-BJP alliance is leading in 32 seats, while the NPF+ is ahead in 23 seats.
12:50 PM, 3 Mar
Amit Shah to address media at 3:30 pm
12:48 PM, 3 Mar
"In Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be the possibility of a post-poll alliance," says Nalin Kohli, BJP Meghalaya incharge.
12:48 PM, 3 Mar
BJP leaders Nirmala Sitharaman and Vijender Gupta congratulate their party after its extraordinary performance in North East states, especially Tripura.
12:21 PM, 3 Mar
Meghalaya: Congress leader and CM Mukul Sangma wins from both the seats — Ampati and Songsok.


In Meghalaya, which went to polls on February 27, BJP will be challenging the Congress, which has been in power for the last ten years. While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years. The Congress has 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.

Read more: Coverage of Meghalaya Assembly Election :

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In Nagaland, 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. The Naga People's Front (NFP) has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, except for a three-month period of President's rule in 2008.

Re-polling was ordered at 13 polling stations across nine constituencies in Nagaland following reports of snatching of EVMs, misuse of electoral photo identity cards and miscreants not allowing voters to exercise their franchise.

Read more: Coverage of Nagaland Assembly Election :

Religion takes centre stage in Nagaland elections

Money power rules: It's a contest between 'crorepatis' in Nagaland elections

Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya exit polls in numbers


In Tripura, which went to polls on February 18, 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. However, a third exit poll predicts a close contest between the CPM and the BJP in the 60-member assembly.

Votes would be counted in presence of the candidates and agents under the supervision of the respective district returning officers and assistant returning officers.

Read more: Coverage of Nagaland Assembly Election

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