Northeast Assembly Election Result 2018 highlights: Conrad Sangma will be next Meghalaya CM

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Mar 04, 06:58 PM (IST)

Conrad Sangma will be the next chief minister of Meghalaya. But there will be no Deputy CM in the new government: Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP

Mar 04, 06:38 PM (IST)

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Mar 04, 06:23 PM (IST)

BJP, IPFT MLAs to meet on March 6 to elect leader: Deb

Newly elected MLAs of the BJP and its ally IPFT in Tripura will meet here on March 6 to elect their leader, state BJP president Biplab Deb said on Sunday.

The BJP has 35 MLAs and the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has eight.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari will be present at the meeting, Deb said.

Mar 04, 05:24 PM (IST)

Neiphiu Rio has majority, should form govt: Nagaland Governor

Neiphiu Rio has the majority and should form the government, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said today after a meeting with the NDPP leader, who claimed he has the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.

Acharya said he has asked Rio to submit signatures of all the 32 MLAs supporting him by tomorrow.

A senior leader of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), an ally of the BJP, said Rio, in his meeting with the Governor, staked claim to form the government in Nagaland saying he has the support of 32 MLAs.

Mar 04, 04:17 PM (IST)

Defeat in Tripura should be viewed with seriousness: CPI(M)

The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala said that the party's defeat in the assembly election in Tripura should be viewed with utmost seriousness.

Veteran party leader and former chief minister V S Achutanandan urged the party leadership to join hands with secular forces to fight the Sangh Parivar.

"The country is facing serious challenges. The Congress, which had ruled for decades in the post-independence period, has become weaker now," the 94-year-old Marxist veteran said in a statement.

Mar 04, 03:25 PM (IST)

NPP's Conrad Sangma may be Meghalaya CM as BJP stitches 5-party alliance

A five-party alliance cobbled together by the BJP and led by the NPP is set to come to power in Meghalaya, edging out the Congress which had emerged as the single-largest party. Sources said NPP leader Conrad Sangma may be the next chief minister.

Mar 04, 01:29 PM (IST)

BJP wants NPP to take lead to form non-Cong govt in Meghalaya

As the Meghalaya polls threw a hung verdict, the BJP today said it is ready to provide all support to form a non-Congress government in the hill state but the initiative has to be taken by the regional outfit National People's Party (NPP), which bagged the second-highest 19 seats.

Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said the verdict of the assembly elections in Meghalaya was against the Congress, which ruled the state for a decade, and against incumbent Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

"We want the NPP to take the initiative and the BJP will provide full cooperation. We are here to help form a non-Congress government," he told reporters here.

Mar 04, 12:58 PM (IST)

BJP, ally confident of forming govt in Nagaland

The BJP and its pre-poll ally in Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), today exuded confidence that they would be able to form a stable government in the state as the numbers were on their side.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the pre-poll allies have got a "near simple majority" in the 60-member assembly while NDPP leader and three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio said he was confident that their alliance will form the next government in Nagaland.

"We are in a comfortable position to form the next government. The NDPP-BJP alliance has secured near simple majority in Nagaland. We have the support of one independent and one JD(U) MLAs which takes us to 32 seats," Madhav told reporters here.

Mar 04, 12:20 PM (IST)

Cong leaders meet Meghalaya guv, stake claim to form govt

After emerging as the single largest party in Meghalaya, the Congress staked a claim to form a government in the state at a meeting with Governor Ganga Prasad, officials and party leaders said today.

A delegation of three Congress leaders -- Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi -- met the governor at 7 pm last night, they said.

"We met the Governor and sought his invitation to the single largest party to be called first to form the government as per convention," former Union minister Nath told PTI.

 The Congress won 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls last month. The party is 10 seats short of a simple majority.

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Mar 04, 11:18 AM (IST)

BJP appoints central observers for three NE states

The BJP Parliamentary Board today appointed Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram as central observers for Tripura, where the saffron party along with its ally won a two-third majority.

The ministers have been tasked with selecting the party's chief ministerial candidate in the state.

The board met in the evening and expressed its happiness over the party's performance in the three northeastern states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

It also appointed central observers for Nagaland where the BJP is set to form government along with its allies, and Meghalaya where the elections have thrown up a hung verdict, said senior party leader and Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

Mar 04, 10:39 AM (IST)

BJP victory in north-east not a defeat for Rahul Gandhi: Farooq Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah today defended Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the party's debacle in the Assembly polls in three northeastern states, stating that the party scion needed some time to deliver results.

Congress suffered a humiliating defeat in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura polls, the results for which were declared today. The BJP wrested Tripura, the last Left bastion, and received invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, while Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly.

“I do not think he (Gandhi) has failed. Give him time as he has just become the president (of Congress party)...It is not his defeat,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Mar 04, 09:57 AM (IST)

Farooq Abdullah decries communalisation of politics ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today expressed grave concern over “communalisation of politics" ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and cautioned the BJP to desist from "dividing the nation on religious lines".

“A polarised India is detrimental to its growth, progress, unity and peace,” he said during a function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir also decried the misuse of religion for political and electoral gains. Elaborating on the attempts by divisive forces in the state with an eye on ensuing elections, Abdullah said Jammu and Kashmir has to flourish and progress as a single entity.

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Mar 03, 11:50 PM (IST)

Lotus Blooms again! Left red-faced, BJP triumphant, Congress embarrassed

Acche Din for North-East? The BJP has emerged as a strong party in the North-East region by putting up a spectacular show in the Assembly Elections.

As we wrap up our North-East Assembly Elections coverage, we want to thank our readers for tuning-in. 

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Mar 03, 11:20 PM (IST)

Tripura Assembly Election 2018 - Final Tally

Party Seats Won
Bharatiya Janata Party 35
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 16
Indigenous People's Front Of Tripura 8
Total 59

Read Full List of Constituency-Wise Results Here

Mar 03, 11:19 PM (IST)

Meghalaya Assembly Election 2018 - Final Tally

Party Seats Won
Bharatiya Janata Party 2
Indian National Congress 21
Nationalist Congress Party 1
Hill State People’s Democratic Party 2
National People's Party 19
United Democratic Party 6
Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement 1
People's Democratic Front 4
Independent 3
Total 59

Read Full List of Constituency-Wise Results Here

Mar 03, 11:17 PM (IST)

Nagaland Assembly Election 2018 - Final Tally

Party Seats Won
Bharatiya Janata Party 11
Naga Peoples Front 27
Janata Dal (United) 1
National People's Party 2
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party 16
Independent 1
Total 58

Read Full List of Constituency-Wise Results Here

Mar 03, 11:15 PM (IST)

Be alert, don't allow Congress culture to enter BJP: PM Modi warns workers

"I thank the people of these states for supporting the good governance agenda and ‘Act East Policy’ of BJP & our valued allies. We remain committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams & aspirations of the people," the PM said.

Mar 03, 07:00 PM (IST)

Leads update at 19:00 

Tripura: Left 16 | BJP+ 35 | Congress 0 | IPFT 8

Meghalaya: Congress 21 | NPP 19 | BJP 2 | Others 17

Nagaland: NPF+ 27 | BJP+ 27 | Others 4 | Congress 0

Mar 03, 06:58 PM (IST)

I had told people when I first won that all the love and trust that they have given us, we will return with interest, says PM Modi, concluding his speech. 

Mar 03, 06:57 PM (IST)

Want to congratulate defence forces, Election Commission for ensuring peaceful polls, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:56 PM (IST)

Congress' stature has never been as low as it is today, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:56 PM (IST)

Congress has been left to reminisce about what it used to be, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:53 PM (IST)

I have known Amit Shah since he was a student and watching him take the party to its current heights has made me a very proud person, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:46 PM (IST)

BJP's team in Tripura was the youngest team in the country, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:44 PM (IST)

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The Tripura victory has been brought to us by the youth of the state, says PM Modi. Even the youth there have accepted BJP's message of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas'

Mar 03, 06:42 PM (IST)

All three states don't even know who their CM is going to be but they still voted for us. This shows that we could manage that victory even without resorting to parading celebrities for votes, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:40 PM (IST)

India's development cannot be possible without the development of the North East, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:36 PM (IST)

When the sun sets, it is red in colour. When it rises, it is saffron in colour: PM Modi on North East win. 

Mar 03, 06:34 PM (IST)

In a democracy, victory and defeat are both subjective. Just as the victorious can celebrate their win with pomp, the defeated should also learn to accept their defeat with some sportsmanship. Unfortunately, this is something I have observed to be absent ever since taking over in 2014, says PM Modi. 

Mar 03, 06:32 PM (IST)

Left parties have killed many BJP workers in the North East, says PM Modi, asking the crowd to stand up and observe two minutes of silence for the people who laid down their lives. 

Mar 03, 06:30 PM (IST)

PM Modi says that many BJP workers have actually sacrificed their lives for this victory. 

Mar 03, 06:25 PM (IST)

PM Modi pauses address for Azaan. 

Mar 03, 06:23 PM (IST)

PM Modi to start speaking at BJP headquarters now. 

Mar 03, 06:21 PM (IST)

BJP will win Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal next, says Amit Shah. 

Mar 03, 06:20 PM (IST)

Both in Nagaland and Tripura, the Congress did not even open its account. It has zero seats to show for its effort, says Amit Shah. 

Mar 03, 06:18 PM (IST)

This is the first of many celebrations at the new BJP headquarters, says party president Amit Shah. 

Mar 03, 06:17 PM (IST)

This is a historic victory for the BJP. Having won the North East, we are now marching victorious towards Karnataka, says party president Amit Shah. 

Mar 03, 06:16 PM (IST)