According to the current trends following the early rounds of voting in these two Northeast states, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies — IPFT and NDPP — were set to retain power in Tripura and Nagaland.
However, the BJP, which leads in three seats in Meghalaya, is unlikely to secure a majority on its own and may need to seek post-election coalitions if it is to form the state’s administration. According to the latest trends released by the Election Commission at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, the BJP has won 13 seats in Tripura and is leading in 20, putting it comfortably past the halfway mark of 31 in the 60-seat Legislature.
The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the BJP’s Tripura ally, has so far won one seat.
Manik Saha, the Chief Minister, defeated Congress’ Asish Kumar Saha in the Town Bordowali seat by a margin of 1,257 votes.
The CPI(M) and the Congress, bitter adversaries in Kerala, joined forces in the Northeast this time to depose the BJP.
According to the latest trends, the CPI(M) won one seat and was leading in ten, while the Congress won one seat and was leading in two.
The Tipra Motha Party, which was expected to be the kingmaker in the case of a hung Assembly, gained eight seats and was ahead in four.