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Meghalaya Elections Results 2018: Congress Close To Recording Hat-Trick, BJP Trails Behind

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| March 3 , 2018 , 12:46 IST

Along with Tripura and Nagaland, the candidate-driven state of Meghalaya is anticipating the making of another state government today. The 60-seat Assembly went to polls on February 27 and voting for 59 is currently underway as polling for Williamnagar was cancelled due to the demise of NCP candidate on February 18.

With Indian National Congress leading in 21 seats, there are high chances for the ruling party to mark a hat-trick in the state after governing the region for two terms already. National People's Party (NPP), however, is trailing closely behind by recording their lead in 18 seats whereas Bharatiya Janata Party is far from the duo.

Despite leading in the centre, BJP is hardly leading in 3 assembly seats as specified by the latest trends. These elections are clearly a face-off between incumbent Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of the Congress and National People's Party (NPP) aspirant Conrad Sangma. Both the ministers have showcased their power in the high-voltage campaigning.

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Four prominent parties are fighting the battle of prestige in Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2018, which include Congress, BJP, National People's Party (NPP) and United Democratic Party (UDP). While UDP has only fielded 35 candidates, BJP is contesting from 47 seats, NPP from 52 and Congress from all 60.

The state has 55 of 60 seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes whereas the rest are for the general category. Notably, the north-eastern region lacks in female candidates as only 32 of 370 faces contesting elections are female. Meghalaya notably witnessed a drop in voter turnout this year by 12% as only 75% voters voted on February 27.

If Congress fails to record a majority with 31 seats, there are high chances for BJP to tie up with regional parties and form a government in the state. Notably, BJP has had lost all 13 seats it contested with a vote share of 6.2 percent in 2013 and these elections are the perfect time to avenge their loss.