Days after the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced polling dates in northeast states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, the Congress has today come out with its list for first two states. Even as the Congress announced the list 56 candidates for Tripura, it announced 57 candidates for Meghalaya Assembly. On January 18, the EC announced dates for polls in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland legislatures. These three northeast states are among eight states in the country that go to polls this year. While Tripura will vote on February 18, voters in Meghalaya and Nagaland will exercise their franchise on February 27. Results of elections will be announced on March 3.
As per then CEC A K Joti, who announced polls dates days before retiring, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be deployed in three states along with EVMs for the first time. One EVMs were used for last 20 years, he added. Terms for elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura are going to end on March 6, March 13 and March 14, 2018 respectively. The strength of threes Assemblies is 60 each.
Currently, the Congress is in power in Meghalaya. It won 29 seats in the previous polls. The election is very significant for the party, as it is one of few states under its rule. In Tripura, Left front is in power. In the state, both BJP and the Congress will try to consolidate their positions in the House. While BJP has just 7 MLAs, Congress has just 2 respectively.
In Nagaland, the Naga People’s Front is at the helm. While BJP won four seats last time, JD(U) bagged one. Apart from these three states, polls will also be held in the Karnataka, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assemblies will be held later this year.
Earlier on January 23, The Left Front announced its candidates for Tripura polls. They announced the name of 60 candidates with ten new faces. The list had 57 CPI (M) candidates, while Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Forward Bloc (FB) had one candidate each.