BJP has edge in Tripura, Na­ga­land

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation -

NEW DELHI: In­di­cat­ing a ma­jor boost for the BJP in the North­east, at least two exit polls have given In­dia’s rul­ing party an up­per hand in Tripura, which has been a Marx­ist strong­hold for 25 years.

The CVoter exit poll, along with that of Axis MyIn­dia and News24, pre­dicts a stu­pen­dous rise of the BJP in Tripura. The Axis MyIn­dia and News24’s tally for the BJP-led NDA is 45-50 seats and 9-10 for the CPI (M)-led Left Front.

Ac­cord­ing to the CVoter exit poll, there might be a neck-to­neck fight be­tween the BJP — which has an al­liance with IPFT — and the Left in Tripura. The CPI(M) is pre­dicted to get 26-34 seats and the BJP’s al­liance will get 24 to 32 seats in the 60-mem­ber assem­bly.

In Megha­laya, the CVoter exit poll gives the rul­ing Congress 13-19 seats, while ac­cord­ing to the Axis MyIn­dia’s exit poll, the Congress will emerge as the sin­gle largest party with 20 votes. The lo­cal out­fit NPP will get 14, while the BJP is tipped to get 5 seats. In CVoter’s es­ti­mate, the NPP will get 17-23 seats and the BJP 4-8 seats in Megha­laya. Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers be­lieve a good show by the NPP and the BJP will open the pos­si­bil­ity of a post-poll al­liance be­tween these two par­ties. In Na­ga­land, the CVoter exit poll gave the BJP-led NDA 25-31 seats ahead of the NPF with 19-25 seats and the Congress with 0-4 seats. Axis MyIn­dia did not pre­dict ab­so­lute num­bers say­ing “Na­ga­land was a very dif­fi­cult state to con­duct exit poll sur­vey.” But it said that NPF has an edge. Megha­laya and Na­ga­land also have 60 assem­bly seats.

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