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Tripura Exit Polls Predict Major Win For BJP, Ending 25-Year Left Front Rule

DIVYIA ASTHANA | 3
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| February 28 , 2018 , 08:18 IST

In a sign of success to the BJP's efforts to expand in the northeast of India, two exit polls on Tuesday predicted that the BJP will secure a comfortable victory in the Tripura, ending a 25-year rule of the Left Front in the northeastern state.

Apart from Tripura, BJP is also predicted to consolidate its position in the northeastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland for which elections took place on Tuesday. All of the 3 states have a 60-member assembly, therefore a party would need 31 seats to secure a majority. The results for Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland are to be released on March 3.

Tripura

The BJP had formed an alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) in January for the state assembly elections that took place on February 18, with a seat sharing deal of 9 seats for IPFT and 51 seats for BJP, out of the total 60 seat assembly.

The exit poll of JanKiBaat-NewsX has predicted that the BJP-IPFT alliance in Tripura will win between 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 percent and that the ruling Left Front alliance will secure between 14-23 seats with a vote share of 40 percent.

The AxisMyIndia exit poll estimates a win of 44-50 seats for the BJP-IPFT in Tripura with a vote share of 49 percent and 9-15 seats for the Left Front with a vote share of 40 percent.

Meanwhile, the CVoter Exit Poll has predicted a close finish in Tripura with the BJP-IPFT to get between 24-32 seats with a vote share of 42.8 percent and the Left Front to get between 26-34 seats with a 44.3 percent vote share.

The Congress has been predicted to win only 0 to 2 seats with a vote share of 7.2 percent.

Meghalaya

In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress party fielded 59 candidates and the BJP 47 candidates out of which the JanKiBaat-NewsX exit poll has predicted the Congress to win around 13-17 seats with a vote share of 21 percent and the BJP to win 8-12 seats with a vote share of 12 percent. The National People's Party (NPP) is predicted to have a major gain, with 23-27 seats and a vote share of 39 percent, as compared to the 2 seats it holds now.

The CVoter exit poll has predicted a close finish in the northeastern state, with the Congress expected to get 13-19 seats with a vote share of 36.5 percent, and the NPP to gain 17-23 seats with a vote share of 29.4 percent. The BJP has been predicted by the CVoter exit poll as securing 4-8 seats with a vote share of 16.6 percent.

Nagaland

Meanwhile, in Nagaland the JanKiBaat-NewsX exit poll predicts the BJP-NDPP alliance as winning 27-32 seats with a vote share of 48 percent, as compared to the ruling NPF which is predicted to win 20-25 seats with a vote share of 42 percent. The Congress is likely to get 0-2 seats with a vote share of 4.4 percent and others are expected to get 5-7 seats with a vote share of 5-6 percent.

The CVoter exit poll for Nagaland has predicted a victory for the NDPP-BJP alliance which is expected to get 25-31 seats with a 38.4 percent vote share while the NPF is predicted to secure 19-25 seats with a vote share of 27.1 percent. The Congress is predicted to win only 0-4 seats with a vote share of 19.7 percent while others are likely to get 6-10 seats with a vote share of 14.8 percent.