Tripura exit polls contradictory

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The stage is set for counting of votes on Saturday for the Assembly elections in northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The counting of votes for the Northeast Assembly polls in three states - Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura - will be held amid tight security.

Polling to Charilam (ST) seat in Tripura was postponed till the 12th of next month due to the death of CPIM candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma.

Voting took place in 59 of the 60 seats after the election to the Williamnagar seat was countermanded following the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone Sangma allegedly by Garo National Liberation Army militants.

The voter-turnout in Tripura was 92 per cent, setting a new record in the electoral history of India.

The assembly polls in Nagaland witnessed a similar turnout as Meghalaya recording almost 75 per cent polling. The NPP had won only two seats out of 32 it contested.

While expressing confidence that his party would get close to 50 seats in Tripura, BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said even CM Manik Sarkar would've lost had polls been delayed by 15 days.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar - who is also a CPI (M) central committee member - said, "There is no doubt that the eighth Left Front government would be formed after the counting of votes on Saturday". State chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said the polling percentage was on the basis of voting till 4.30 pm and the figure was likely to go up as voting was completed in 1,500 out of the 2,056 booths across the state till then.

Four prominent parties are fighting the poll battle in Nagaland - Nagaland People's Front (NPF), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC).

The CVoter poll predicts a 7.2%vote share for the Congress, while the other two polls have grouped the party with "Others", predicting it will get a low vote share.

Congress has fielded 59 candidates in Meghalaya, while the BJP has fielded 47 candidates.

A total of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents, are in the fray in the state.

The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates.

CVoter has also predicted that NPP will win the most number of seats, i.e., 17-23 segments, while its ally BJP could win 4-8 seats.

On the other hand, Chief Minister TR Zeliang's Naga People's Front could get 27.1 per cent of votes and 19 to 25 seats.

C-Voter predicts that the Congress win 0-2 seats, while the other exit polls predict that the party will not be winning any seats in the state.

The Congress, the incumbent party in Meghalaya, had time and again claimed that they would win a majority but going by the political wave a 20-seat win for the Grand Old Party will be an achievement.