Tripura election result 2018 LIVE updates: The counting of votes for Tripura election 2018 started on Saturday morning at 8 AM. The two exit polls had shown that BJP will end CPI(M)'s 25-year rule in the state in a historic win. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led government has ruled the state since 1993. In the 2013 assembly elections, BJP had failed to win a single seat in Tripura while CPI(M) had emerged victorious by winning 49 seats. Polling for Tripura took place on February 18 whereas for Meghalaya and Nagaland it was held on February 27. Apart from this, counting of votes\u00a0has been concluded for Meghalaya as well as Nagaland elections. CHECK|\u00a0Tripura election result 2018: Full list of winners from each constituency FOLLOW |\u00a0Nagaland, Meghalaya election result 2018 LIVE updates Check\u00a0Tripura election result 2018 Highlights: 8.45 pm: It's official,\u00a0BJP wins in Tripura with 35 seats to its name. CPI (M) get 16 seats while IPFT 8 bag seats in Tripura Assembly Elections. 8.15 pm: PM tweets, "While we are naturally delighted about the historic victory in Tripura, we will always have in our thoughts and prayers the BJP Karyakartas who lost their lives due to mindless Communist violence. It is due to their courage that the party has reached where it has today." 8.10 pm: PM Modi on Twitter wrote: "BJP is fully committed to the overall transformation of the Northeast. This region is blessed with immense potential to become a powerhouse of development. The Central Government has already undertaken numerous efforts for better growth and opportunities in the Northeast." 6.22 pm:\u00a0Victory of Politics of Performance and Politics of Development found in the North-Eastern States is: Amit Shah 6.20 pm:\u00a0This victory is the victory of the Modi government's 'East East' policy, the slogan of the Modi government's 'all-inclusive development' has been acknowledged by the former: AmitShah 6.18 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party is celebrating victory in its new office: Amit Shah 6.15 pm:\u00a0BJP karyakartas will celebrate "Vijay-Utsav" across the country to celebrate this outstanding performance of BJP in the North-East tomorrow at 11 am: Amit Shah at BJP HQ. 6.00 pm:\u00a0BJP 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 Sarkaar: BJP strategist Rajat Sethi 5.30 pm:\u00a0Madhya Pradesh: BJP workers celebrate in Bhopal as BJP is set to win in Tripura. 4.30 pm: Also Read|\u00a0Narendra Modi speaks after historic Tripura election 2018 win, says this against CPI(M) 4.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u00a0tweeted about the people of India and their faith in the NDA government. Time and again, election after election, the people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development-oriented agenda of the NDA. People do not have the time or respect for negative, disruptive and disconnected politics of any kind. 3.55 pm: PM Modi\u00a0accepted the defeat in Meghalaya and thanked for the support and tweeted: Thank you Nagaland for supporting @BJP4Nagaland and our valued ally. I assure my sisters and brothers of Nagaland that we will continue to work for the progress and prosperity of Nagaland. I applaud the tireless work of the local BJP unit. 3.51 pm: On the defeat in Meghalaya, PM Modi expressed his views and wrote: I express my gratitude to the people of Meghalaya for supporting @BJP4Meghalaya. The welfare of Meghalaya is of utmost importance for us. I appreciate the BJP Karyakartas for their continued efforts in the state to serve the people. 3.49 pm: To fulfilling the promises, PM Narendra Modi tweeted: The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It is 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. 3.47 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter wrote: The victory of @BJP4Tripura is not an ordinary electoral victory. This journey from \u2018Shunya\u2019 to \u2018Shikhar\u2019 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. 3.46 pm: On the performance of the party in the elections in Tripura, PM Modi on Twitter wrote: 2018 Tripura election will be remembered as an epoch-making one! What my sisters and brothers of Tripura have done is extraordinary. No words will be enough to thank them for the phenomenal support towards @BJP4Tripura. We will leave no stone unturned in transforming Tripura. 3.45 pm:\u00a0Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after the historic win in Northeast India, He took to Twitter and wrote: People of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have spoken! I thank the people of these states for supporting the good governance agenda and \u2018Act East Policy\u2019 of @BJP4India & our valued allies. We remain committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams & aspirations of the people. 3.42 pm:\u00a0CPI(M) reacts to Tripura loss \u201cPolit Bureau thanks the 45% of the voters who extended support to CPI(M) & Left Front. We assure the people of Tripura that it will continue to champion the cause of all sections of the working people & uphold tribal-non tribal unity: CPI (M).\u201d 3.40 pm:\u00a0I don't want to comment anything on this issue. The decision will be taken by the party: Biplab Kumar Deb, BJP state president Tripura on if he will be made the CM 3.35 pm: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu congratulated BJP on Twitter: Congratulations @BJP4Tripura @BJP4India for the spectacular performance! Another stamp of public approval to the #Leadership of @narendramodi ji @AmitShah ji #SabKaSaathSabKaVikas \u2014 Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) March 3, 2018 3.30 pm: Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh congratulates Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah with this tweet. My heartiest congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi ji, Shri @AmitShah ji & karyakartas of @BJP4Tripura @BJP4Meghalaya @BJP4Nagaland for the fabulous victory performance in #NorthEastElection. It is a vote for development agenda of @BJP4India. pic.twitter.com\/oG43sKewlw \u2014 Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) March 3, 2018 3.25 pm:\u00a0Here are pictures from the CPI(M) and BJP offices in New Delhi (Express Photo\/Tashi Tobgyal and Praveen Khanna) 3.15 pm: BJP MP Jayant Sinha tweeted: Wonderful victory for @BJP4India in Tripura! Congratulations to Shri @narendramodi ji and Shri @AmitShah ji for inspiring leadership, and to Shri @himantabiswa ji, Shri @rammadhavbjp ji, Shri @Sunil_Deodhar ji, and entire BJP team for campaign management. #TripuraElection2018 \u2014 Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) March 3, 2018 3.00 pm: Visuals of BJP supremo Amit Shah at the party headquarters 2: 36 pm:\u00a0BJP President Amit Shah has arrived at the party headquarters amid celebrations. 2: 15 pm:\u00a0BJP workers celebrate outside the party office in Trivandrum as BJP is set to win in Tripura. 2: 01 pm:\u00a0BJP 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. 1: 53 pm: Watch|\u00a0Workers of BJP celebrate in Agartala as the party is poised to win in the state #WATCH: Workers of BJP celebrate in Agartala as the party is poised to win in the state #TripuraElection2018 pic.twitter.com\/CmM2uMgqSw \u2014 ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018 1: 32 pm:\u00a0The ruling CPI(M), which has been in power for the last 25 years, was ahead in 19 seats. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was leading over his nearest BJP rival Pratima Bhoumik by over 2,000 votes in Dhanpur constituency. The Congress could not establish a lead in any of the constituencies. 1: 22 pm: The BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) had surged ahead and established a lead in 39 constituencies, according to Election Commission sources here. The majority mark in the 60 member Assembly was 31. 1: 09 pm:\u00a0The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet this evening to decide on the future Chief Minister of Tripura, where the party is likely to form a government, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said today. "Our Parliamentary Board (the party's highest decision making body) will meet in the evening and take a call," he said at a press conference when asked who will be the BJP chief minister in Tripura. 12: 56 PM:\u00a0BJP-IPFT combine leading in 40 seats in Tripura; CPI(M) ahead in 19: EC source. 12: 40 PM:\u00a0The BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) surged ahead in Tripura establishing a lead in 39 of the 57 constituencies whose trends were available, according to Election Commission sources. 12:25 PM:\u00a0This result also comes as a major setback for Congress which is yet to open its account in Tripura. Interestingly, the party garnered 45% of the popular vote in the last Assembly election in 2013. 12:10 PM:\u00a0Forming an alliance with the Indigenous People\u2019s Front of Tripura has worked in BJP's favour. IPFT is currently leading on 8 out of 9 seats despite having no presence in the outgoing assembly. 11:59 AM:\u00a0Here is the latest party wise share by EC. BJP is leading on around 40 seats and is heading towards a historic win: 11:38 AM:\u00a0Ram Madhav called it a revolutionary result and added that it was due to the blessings of Tripura Sundari Mata and people of the state. He gave the credit of this win to PM Narendra Modi. 11:36 AM:\u00a0Ram Madhav is addressing the media right now. He said that the party will get the majority by evening. He praised the party workers for their hard work. The senior BJP leader said that Amit Shah's strategy worked for BJP. 11:30 AM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has now taken a lead on 40 seats in Tripura while Left is ahead on 19. This is a huge setback for Congress which has failed to open its account. 11:18 AM:\u00a0"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," Adityanath said while adding that it is an important day in Indian politics. 11:15 AM: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath while talking about the elections said that BJP's win in Tripura will be a historic one. He had done 7 rallies for the party in the state. 10:55 AM:\u00a0BJP has taken the lead in 35 seats and the celebrations are on.\u00a0The BJP state president Biplab Deb is leading by 2857 votes at Banamalipur constituency. Congress is yet to take lead in Tripura. 10:45 AM:\u00a0Celebrations have already started in BJP office at Agartala. The party is currently leading in 34 seats while Left is ahead on just 24 seats. The majority mark for forming the government is 31. 10:35 AM:\u00a0Here is the party wise graph by Election Commission: 10:27 AM:\u00a0According to the numbers provided by the Election Commission of India, BJP is leading at 24 seats while Left is ahead on 16 seats. This means that BJP is heading towards the majority mark. 10:22 AM:\u00a0BJP has once taken a lead in Tripura. It is now leading on 30 seats while Left is ahead on 29.\u00a0BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma says that he is confident that BJP will form the government in the state. #VerdictNorthEast 'It will be a historic victory', says @Swamy39, BJP | Tune in to TIMES NOW for LIVE updates: pic.twitter.com\/uKIcs4MPCH \u2014 TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 3, 2018 10:17 AM:\u00a0The Tripura Fisheries and Cooperation minister, Khagendra Jamatia (64) who passed away on Friday is leading from the Krishnapur constituency. However, if he wins, bypolls will be held in the constituency. 10:13 AM:\u00a0Left has passed the majority mark in Tripura. It is now leading on 31 seats right now. Meanwhile, BJP is ahead on 28 seats. However, these are only early trends and the numbers can change. 10:00 AM:\u00a0Left has extended its lead in Tripura election. It is now ahead on 30 seats while BJP is leading in 27 seats. Congress is ahead on 1 seat. 9:48 AM:\u00a0It is being reported that BJP state unit president Biplab Kumar Deb is leading from Banamalipur seat. The state\u00a0 PWD Minister Badal Choudury is leading from Hrishyamukh seat and from Asharambari assembly constituency, Tribal Affairs Minister Aghore Debbarma is leading. 9:45 AM:\u00a0We are staring at a possible tie between BJP and Left in Tripura. Both these parties are leading at 28 seats each at this moment. The majority mark is 31. 9:35 AM:\u00a0The Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ram Madhav said that he feels BJP will do well in Tripura and Nagaland. "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," Madhav said. 9:30 AM:\u00a0Here are the visuals from Agartala where the EVMs were brought to the counting centre this morning. The counting of votes is underway: 9:28 AM: Left has now taken a lead in 30 seats while BJP is ahead on 26 seats. So, the Left is just seat away from the majority mark. However, the numbers are changing very fast. 9:20 AM:\u00a0It has been more than an hour since the counting of votes started in Tripura. Left has maintained its lead and is ahead on 28 seats right now while BJP is leading on 25. #VerdictNorthEast 'We are not worried. We will still win', says Suneet Chopra, Senior Leader, CPI(M) | Tune in to TIMES NOW for LIVE updates: pic.twitter.com\/e5O1FSlYbc \u2014 TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 3, 2018 9:15 AM:\u00a0Left has extended its dominance in Tripura. It is currently leading on 27 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead on 23 seats. The trends are out for 51 seats. 9:06 AM: CPI(M) has now taken a lead in Tripura. It is leading on 25 seats while BJP is ahead on 23 seats. Remember, these are only early trends and will change. 9:03 AM:\u00a0It is being reported that Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar is leading from his seat in Dhanpur. He is country's poorest CM with just Rs Rs 2,410 in his account. Meanwhile, in Agartala, BJP candidate Sudip Roy Barman is leading. Other candidates from this constituency are Congress' Prashanta Sen Chowdhury, Panna Deb from Trinamool and Krishna Majumder from CPM. 8:55 AM:\u00a0It is turning out to be a close fight in Tripura. The trends are changing every minute. At this moment, BJP is leading on 21 seats while Left is ahead on 17 seats. 8:46 AM:\u00a0BJP has made a dramatic comeback in Tripura. It is now ahead on 23 seats while left is leading in 14 seats. Congress has taken the lead in 2 seats. 8:36 AM:\u00a0There was a 89.9 per cent voter turnout in Tripura. Currently, trends are out for 20 seats with Left leading in 11 seats while BJP is ahead on 8 seats. Congress is leading in just 1 seat. #ElectionsWithNews18 - Money does not make you win or lose elections. The political prospects makes people switch sides: @SudhanshuBJP tells @bhupendrachaube. #LIVE: pic.twitter.com\/nidCMYkXiy \u2014 News18 (@CNNnews18) March 3, 2018 8:32 AM: Meanwhile Congress has opened its account in Tripura. It is currently leading on 1 seat as BJP and left fight to take lead. 8:25 AM: More numbers have started to come from Tripura. As of now, the Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead on 10 seats while the left is also leading on 10 seats. So, it is a neck and neck competition between the two parties. 8:14 AM:\u00a0The Bharatiya Janata Party has also opened its account in Tripura. It is now leading on two seats as per the initial trends. 8:10 AM: The initial trends are out from Tripura election 2018. The first trend is in favour of left. 8:00 AM:\u00a0The counting of votes for Tripura election has started. The counting has also started for Meghalaya and Nagaland. FOLLOW | Meghalaya election result 2018 LIVE 7:45 AM:\u00a0These are the first visuals from Tripura where the counting of votes will start in the next 15 minutes: 7:20 AM:\u00a0The Tripura Assembly Election result can be a significant one. It can not only play a big role in deciding 2019 Lok Sabha election result but may have huge consequences within the CPI (M), which has been in power in the state for the past 25 years. 7:05 AM: While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, 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. 7:00 AM: In Meghalaya, the contest involves ruling Congress, BJP, National People's Party and the newly formed People's Democratic Front. Meghlaya saw 84 per cent voters turnout. 6:56 AM: JanKiBaat-NewsX Exit poll had earlier predicted that the BJP-IPFT alliance in Tripura would win 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 per cent while that by AxisMyIndia had predicted that the alliance will get 44 to 50 seats with a vote share of 49 per cent. 6:55 AM: Though it was reported that large-scale snags in EVMs and VVPATs took place during the time of voting, 92 per cent of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes in peaceful election. 6:50 AM: In two exit polls in Tripura have suggested BJP dethroning the CPM government which has been in power since 1993.But Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar said the 'Left' parties were 'more than confident' to form the next government this time as well. Whereas, BJP's Biplab Kumar Deb was of the opinion that the people of Tripura was looking for a change.