Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE updates: Amit Shah reaches BJP headquarters amid grand welcome (Source: ANI)
The BJP and its ally IPFT on Saturday ended the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura with a strong showing in the Assembly polls, while Meghalaya threw a hung House.
The BJP secured a majority on its own by winning 35 seats while its ally IPFT won 8 assembly constituencies. The CPI (M), who has been ruling the state for the last 25 years reduced to 16 seats.
In Nagaland, the BJP and its electoral ally NDPP bagged 27 seats in the 60-member Assembly with the saffron party exuding confidence of forming the government in the state.
The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) also secured 27 seats, running neck and neck with the BJP-NDPP combine.
According to EC sources, the BJP secured 11 seats while its alliance partner the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) got 16 seats.
Expressing confidence about forming the government in the state with poll ally NDPP and some smaller parties, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said "We have 29 seats and need only two more. There are letters of support coming from smaller parties."
Meghalaya, however, thrown a fractured mandate with ruling Congres emerging the single largest party after winning 21 seats.
The Assembly Elections were conducted on February 18 in Tripura, while Meghalaya and Nagaland underwent the polls on February 27. Polling for 59 out of 60 seats was conducted in all the three North-Eastern states.
In Tripura, a CPI(M) candidate died, while in Meghalaya, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member was killed, and in Nagaland, the chief of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Neiphiu Rio, was declared elected unopposed, resulting in countermanding one seat of the constituency in Tripura and Meghalaya to 59 from 60, while keeping the seats to 60 in Nagaland.
The BJP, which has already formed its government in Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, is eyeing a big time to expand its footprints on these three states too.
Here are the top highlights of North East Assembly Election 2018 results:
# 08:40 PM: Neiphiu Rio met BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav in Dimapur, Nagaland. He was elected unopposed in the Nagaland Assembly election after his rival from the Naga People's Front withdrew his nomination.
Neiphiu Rio met BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav in Dimapur, Nagaland. He was elected unopposed in the Nagaland Assembly election after his rival from the Naga People's Front withdrew his nomination. #NagalandElections2018 pic.twitter.com/6QUZpE6m5P— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 08: 30 PM: Tripura Election 2018: BJP wins 35, CPI (M) 16, IPFT 8 seats in Tripura Assembly Elections.
# 08:10 PM: Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram will go as Observers to Tripura, Arun Singh and I will got to Nagaland & Kiren Rijiju and KJ Alphons will go to Meghalaya to elect the CM: JP Nadda
# 08:05 PM: Victory in Tripura has been a significant victory. BJP & allies share more than 50% of popular votes. This is a victory of democracy, and against violence for which CPM is well known: JP Nadda
# 07:55 PM: This decision is taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict of the just-declared results of the conducted general election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly & also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance in Delhi: JD(U) Nagaland
# 07:45 PM: Janata Dal (United) Nagaland has decided to support the BJP in formation of a stable govt in Nagaland: JD(U) Nagaland
# 07:40 PM: Independent candidate Tongpang Ozukum submits his letter of support to BJP in Kohima
# 07:30 PM: No I don't think he has failed. Give him time, he has just become President. It will take time for him to grow. It's not his defeat. Elections come & elections go. Any party has chance of revival if it works for people: Farooq Abdullah on Congress President Rahul Gandhi
# 06:40 PM: I do not have the figures but I think the elected team in Tripura is the 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: PM Modi
# 06:35 PM: The North East has today come forward to lead India on the path to development: PM Narendra Modi
# 06:30 PM: 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 colour and when it rises it is saffron: PM Modi
# 06:20 PM: WATCH: PM Narendra Modi addresses BJP workers at Party Headquarters in Delhi
# 05:50 PM: Meghalaya Election 2018: Congress wins 21, NPP 19, UDP 6, BJP 2 and Others 11 seats in Meghalaya Assembly Elections.
# 5:40 PM: Congress leader Mukul Wasnik carrying paper with seat tallies and what appears to be the numbers for Government formation in Meghalaya.
# 05:30 PM: BJP President Amit Shah Ji was camping in Tripura&worked on all possible micro, macro strategies to make this victory possible. This symbolises revolt of the proletariats against these communists.Tribals suffered at hands of Manik Sarkar: BJP strategist Rajat Sethi
# 04:30 PM: Madhya Pradesh: BJP workers celebrate in Bhopal as BJP is set to win in Tripura
# 04:20 PM: BJP might have a clear majority in Tripura but we will also include other members of our alliance in the cabinet: BJP President Amit Shah
# 04:15 PM: 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: Amit Shah
# 3:50 PM: The victory of @BJP4Tripura is not an ordinary electoral victory. This journey from ‘Shunya’ to ‘Shikhar’ has been made possible due to a solid development agenda and the strength of our organisation. I bow to every BJP Karyakarta for working assiduously on the ground for years.
The victory of @BJP4Tripura is not an ordinary electoral victory. This journey from ‘Shunya’ to ‘Shikhar’ has been made possible due to a solid development agenda and the strength of our organisation. I bow to every BJP Karyakarta for working assiduously on the ground for years.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2018
# 03:20 PM: Although the Congress is leading in Meghalaya, it has sent its senior leaders Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel to Shillong for alliance talks fearing a repeat of Goa and Manipur where the party could not form a government despite emerging as a single largest party in the Assembly polls.
# 02:44 PM: Amit Shah thanked all the voters for making the party victorious
I thank brothers and sisters of Tripura for their massive support to BJP. This is the victory of PM @narendramodi’s politics of development and his commitment to the welfare of North-Eastern region of India.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 3, 2018
Congratulations to Shri @rammadhavbjp ji, Shri @Sunil_Deodhar ji, Shri @himantabiswa ji, Shri @BjpBiplab ji and I also applaud the hard work & dedication of our karyakartas of @BJP4Tripura unit which has made this historic win a reality.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 3, 2018
# 02:31 PM: Amit Shah reaches party headquarters in Delhi, welcomed grandly
# 02:26 PM: BJP workers celebrate outside party office in Trivandrum in Kerala as BJP is set to win in Tripura
# 01:56 PM: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and State President Biplab Kumar Deb amidst celebrations by party workers in Agartala, BJP is poised to win in the Tripura
BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and State President Biplab Kumar Deb amidst celebrations by party workers in Agartala, BJP is poised to win in the state #TripuraElection2018 pic.twitter.com/9Ew1muPApT— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 01:49 PM: Workers of BJP celebrate in Agartala as the party is poised to win in the state
# 01:44 PM: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma wins both from Ampati and Songsak constituencies
# 01:07 PM: Ravi Shankar Prasad calls Congress 'Vaampanth', says BJP winning entire North-East makes it 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat'
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 pic.twitter.com/YBfCW4EiBw— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 12:53 PM: SK Sunn, Independent candidate who won from Mawphlang constituency in Meghalaya, says he is ready to form alliance with any party which aims at working for the welfare of the people
I will be supporting any party that works for the welfare of the people of state: SK Sunn, Independent candidate who won from Mawphlang constituency in Meghalaya #MeghalayaElection2018 pic.twitter.com/nl7DwFsBps— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 12:52 PM: Vijay Goel also extends his wishes
# 12:51 PM: Shivraj Singh Chouhan extends his wishes to PM Modi and Amit Shah
My heartiest congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi, Shri @AmitShah & @BJP4Tripura party colleagues for the fabulous victory in #TripuraElection2018. It is a vote for development agenda of @BJP4India. The security & sovereignty of North East is of utmost importance to us.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 3, 2018
# 12:48 PM: Sushil Kumar Modi congratulates PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for winning Tripura
# 12:38 PM: Biplab Kumar Deb likely to be the new Chief Minister of Tripura: Media Reports
# 12:34 PM: In Meghalaya, Congress is leading but could fall short of a majority if BJP ties up with the regional parties and forms a government
# 12:15 PM: Meghalaya- Congress gets 28 per cent votes, NPP gets 20 per cent vote share
# 12:14 PM: Nagaland- BJP gets 40 per cent votes, NPF gets 41 per cent votes
# 12:13 PM: Tripura- BJP gets 50 per cent votes, Left gets 46 per cent share of votes
# 12:08 PM: Nalin Kohli,BJP Meghalaya incharge, said, "In Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be possibility of a post poll alliance."
In #Meghalaya, the vote is basically against the Congress if you see the performance of other parties. Leaders will discuss if there can be possibility of a post poll alliance: Nalin Kohli,BJP Meghalaya incharge pic.twitter.com/zLjPIfGdyx— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 12:02 PM: BJP inches towards record-breaking victory in Tripura and Nagaland, Congress eyes Meghalaya
# 11:41 AM: BJP's Ram Madhav addresses the media in Agatala
This is a revolutionary result, all due to the blessings of Tripura Sundari Mata and people of the state and the hard work of PM Modi and party workers: Ram Madhav,BJP #TripuraElection2018 pic.twitter.com/nr5SqMmrXp— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
In Meghalaya a divided result is a possibility, we will see that a non-Congress Govt is formed there. Himanta Biswa Sarma ji is leaving for Meghalaya shortly: Ram Madhav,BJP pic.twitter.com/3f3KrBURWb— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 11:36 AM: Jitendra Singh, Union Minister, says, "Huge vindication for consistent development that has been seen in North East in last 4 yrs which did not happen in last 7 decades. People have reasons to believe that this is the dispensation that they can look forward to trust for future growth
Huge vindication for consistent development that has been seen in North East in last 4 yrs which did not happen in last 7 decades. People have reasons to believe that this is the dispensation that they can look forward to trust for future growth: Jitendra Singh, Union Minister pic.twitter.com/7kkfhDAdvr— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 11:18 AM: Important day in Indian politics: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
BJP is all set for a historic win in #Tripura, I would like to congratulate PM Modi, Amit Shah ji and our party workers. Even our performance in #Nagaland and #Meghalaya is historic. Important day in Indian politics: UP CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/ixEajcVZ61— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 11:03 AM: BJP workers celebrate in Agartala as trends show the party leading in Tripura
# 11:01 AM: BJP shakes the Left after 25 years in Tripura, leads with 36 seats
# 11:00 AM: BJP eyes triumph in Tripura, Nagaland; Congress eyes victory in Meghalaya
# 10:58 AM: BJP leading in Tripura, BJP neck to neck with NPF in Nagaland, Congress leading in Meghalaya
# 10:46 AM: CM Manik Sarkar leading from Dhanpur constituency by 1682 votes in Tripura
# 10:44 AM: BJP on a close victory in Tripura and Nagaland, Congress closes win in Meghalaya
# 10:35 AM: BJP workers celebrate as trends show the party leading in Tripura
# 10:32 AM: Voting on 59 out of 59 seats in Tripura, 57 out of 60 seats in Nagaland, and 55 out of 59 seats in Meghalaya complete
# 10:30 AM: Early trends show BJP taking lead in Tripura, while NPF takes lead in Nagaland, and a neck-to-neck fight ensues between NCP and NDPP in Meghalaya
# 10:27 AM: Kiren Rijiju speaks on counting results in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland
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 Govt in all three: Kiren Rijiju,MoS Home #Tripura #Meghalaya #Nagaland pic.twitter.com/QYnbZWGVOq— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 10:23 AM: BJP takes lead in Tripura, NCP continues in Meghalaya, BJP takes front in Nagaland
# 10:10 AM: Himanta Biswa Sarma of BJP says, "Trends are encouraging, I am hopeful and confident that BJP will form the Govt in Tripura."
# 10:05 AM: Brinda Karat of CPI(M) says "We are very confident, let more rounds of counting complete, our leads are going to get much bigger."
# 09:54 AM: Voting for 51 out of 60 seats in Nagaland, 57 out of 59 seats in Tripura, and 45 out of 59 seats in Meghalaya complete
# 09:50 AM: Early trends show CPI(M) towards victory in Tripura
# 09:46 AM: Counting for 57 out of 59 seats in Tripura, 43 out of 59 seats in Meghalaya, and 42 out of 60 seats in Nagaland complete
# 09:43 AM: Early trends show BJP and NPF in an intense neck-to-neck fight in Nagaland
# 09:40 AM: BJP's Ram Madhav believes that the party will do well in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland
Seeing the earlier trends:, I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya. The three results of North East are going to be very good for BJP: Ram Madhav, BJP pic.twitter.com/66V7BPCXDn— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 09:33 AM: EVMs brought to a counting centre in Agartala
# 08:55 AM: Counting for 13 seats in Nagaland, 23 seats in Meghalaya, and 34 seats in Tripura complete
# 08:52 AM: Early trends show BJP leading in Nagaland with 10 seats
# 08:51 AM: Early trends show Other party gains 8 seats in Meghalaya
# 08:50 AM: Early trends show BJP leading in Tripura with 18 seats, followed by CPI(M) with 14 seats
# 08:47 AM: In Tripura, BJP and Left in a neck-to-neck competition, with CPI(M) gaining 13 seats, while BJP gaining 11 seats
# 08:44 AM: Early trends show BJP leading in Nagaland, Left and BJP competing equally in Tripura, while Other Parties leading in Meghalaya
# 08: 38 AM: Huge crowd has gathered at Shillong Polo ground
# 08:02 AM: Counting of votes begins for Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland assembly elections
# 08:00 AM: Visuals from inside a counting centre in Agartala
# 07:37 AM: D Marak, SP of Shillong says adequate security measures have been taken in Meghalaya
There is adequate security at counting centres and we hope there will be no untoward incident and counting will pass off smoothly: D Marak,SP Shillong #MeghalayaElection2018 pic.twitter.com/QFoajdJi3U— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
# 07:19 AM: Congress candidate from Mawsynram, HM Shangpliang, says People want change in the city
# 07:14 AM: Counting centre in Shillong
# 7:09 AM: Counting centre in Agartala