Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland elections 2018: Dates, schedule, result day out – All you need to know

By: | Updated: January 18, 2018 1:38 PM

Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland elections 2018: Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland elections 2018: The Election Commission is all set to blow the political bugle for the year with the announcement of the dates for the Assembly elections to Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland legislatures.

EC to announce poll dates for Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland

Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland elections 2018: The Election Commission has blown the political bugle for the year with the announcement of the dates for the Assembly elections to Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland legislatures. While announcing the dates, Chief Election Commisioner AK Joti informed that VM and VVPAT will be used in all three states, first level checks have been completed. The model of code of conduct has been brought into force with immediate effects. The elections will be held in two phases. The limit of election expenditure in the three states shall be Rs. 20 lakh per candidate, Joti said. He added that election officials have made good efforts to assure basic facilities and arrangements for people with special needs to help them vote and voter assistance desk will be set up at every polling station.

Coming to the current status of the three legislative assemblies in question – the Meghalaya Assembly is currently led by the Congress, which won 29 seats in the previous election while the Tripura Assembly is under the CPI(M) government. As for the Nagaland state assembly, the Naga People’s Front is currently dominating the House. Riding high on the inaugurations of many projects in the North-East, Narendra Modi-Amit Shah-led BJP will look to secure a majority in all the three states. For Congress party, the loss of power in Assam to the BJP marked its losing dominance in the North East and hence the outcome of Meghalaya, where the Congress has been battling internal troubles, is critical for both the parties. The Congress will also present a potential challenge. As for the CPI(M), which is in power only in Kerala, apart from Tripura, it will look to keep the status quo maintained in Tripura. The party is battling anti-incumbency in what is seen as the first multi-cornered contest in the state, which includes Congress and newer political players like the BJP and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress.

The terms of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura assemblies end on 6 March, 13 March and 14 March, respectively, and the entire election process is expected to get over by the end of next month. The strength of the three Houses is 60 members each. Apart from these three states, elections to the Karnataka, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assemblies will be held this year as well.

Tripura Legislative Assembly Elections: Important Dates

The state will go to polls in a single phase. Last date for filing nominations will be January 31 and withdrawal of candiates is February 3. The date fixed for the polls is February 18 and vote count will be held on March 3.

Nagaland Legislative Assembly Elections: Important Dates

The state will go to polls in a single phase. The date fixed for the polls is February 27 and vote count will be held on March 3.

Megahalya Legislative Assembly Elections: Important Dates

The state will go to polls in a single phase. The date fixed for the polls is February 27 and vote count will be held on March 3.

 

Present Structure of the Tripura Assembly

In Tripura, the Left Front has been in power since 1993. Manik Sarkar led CPI(M) is enjoying a majority in the Tripura Assembly. The party will be battling anti-incumbency sentiments. The major parties contesting in 2018 will be – BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, and CPI (M).

Present Structure of the Meghalaya Assembly

Congress is currently ruling Meghalaya. Mukul Sangma is the chief minister of the state. The major contesting parties in the state are – Congress, BJP, NCP, Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSDP), and United Democratic Party (UDP). Congress faces a big challenge from the BJP, which has an alliance with the Manipur National People’s party founded by PA Sangma, a former Congressman who died in 2016.

Present Structure of the Nagaland Assembly

T. R. Zeliang led Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) is currently dominating the state with an alliance with the BJP. The major parties contesting in 2018 will be – BJP, Congress, and NPF. Janta Dal (United) aka JDU has decided to contest assembly polls alone in Nagaland. The party is currently in alliance with NPF and BJP in the state. The BJP is trying to make inroads into the state with Congress losing ground as the main opposition party. Former Nagaland Chief Minister and Lok Sabha parliamentarian Neiphiu Rio has also formed a new political party, breaking ties with the NPF.

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