Voting underway in Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections 2018; BJP and Congress slug it out for the Northeast
Voting in the crucial Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections began on Tuesday at 7 am amid tight security, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress slugging it out to see who would emerge as the more dominant party in the Northeast. Despite security being beefed up, one person was injured in a bomb blast at a polling station in Mon District’s Tizit in Nagaland. | Today’s Paper
According to the Election Commission, 22 per cent voting was recorded in Meghalaya till 9:30 am. While 17 per cent voting was recorded in Nagaland till 9 am.
Nagaland CM TR Zeliang has said that he will move towards a Naga political solution after the state polls are concluded.
The two states have a 60-member House each. However, voting will be held only for 59 constituencies in each. Voting for the 60-member Assemblies will commence from 7 am and conclude by 4 pm, except at some polling stations in Nagaland’s interior districts where the process is scheduled to be completed at 3 pm.
The results of the polls in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be declared on Saturday, March 3. The high-octane Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly elections campaign, during which barbs flew thick and fast among parties, ended on Sunday.
Here are the top 10 developments in the crucial Meghalaya and Nagaland Assembly polls:
1) Naga political solution after polls: Speaking to news agencies, Nagaland CM TR Zeliang said, “We expect that polling will finish smoothly and we will get absolute majority according to the voice of the people. We hope peace will prevail in the state and we will move for Naga political solution.”
2) Bomb blast at Nagaland polling station: One person was injured in a bomb blast at a polling station in Mon District’s Tizit, in Nagaland.
According to reports, the bomb was handmade and was hurled at the polling station in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. However, the polling processes are continuing at the station. | Business Standard
3) Voting underway in both states: Citing the Election Commission, Firstpost reported that 22 per cent voting was recorded in Meghalaya till 9:30 am. While 17 per cent voting was recorded in Nagaland till 9 am.
Amid tight security, voting for the Meghalaya Assembly elections 2018 began on Tuesday, an official said. “Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 am in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 pm,” Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor said.
According to agency reports, women voters, in their colourful tribal attire, were seen queueing up at polling stations across the state since morning and shops in the vicinity did brisk business.
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