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Feb 28, 2013 at 05:18pm IST

Live: CPI(M) wins Tripura, NPF retains power in Nagaland, Cong single largest party in Meghalaya

New Delhi: 5:16 pm: The Congress emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya with wins in 29 seats. It remains to be seen whether it will form an alliance once again with the UDP, which has won eight seats. The NCP won 2 seats, HSPDP 4 while the NPP won two seats. Other parties in the states won 12 seats and were leading in three.

5:11 pm: The NPF has won 36 seats in Nagaland and is leading in one. The Congress has won 8 seats in the state.

4:52 pm: The NPF has won 34 seats in Nagaland and is leading in 4 seats. In Meghalaya, while the Congress is emerging as the single-largest party, it remains to be seen whether it will again form an alliance with the UDP to form the government.

Live: CPI(M) wins Tripura, NPF retains power in Nagaland, Cong single largest party in Meghalaya

It remains to be seen whether the Congress will form an alliance in Meghalaya once again with the UDP, which has won eight seats.

4:46 pm: The NPF has won 33 seats in Nagaland and is leading in five seats.

4:30 pm: The CPI(M) has won 48 seats in Tripura and is leading in 1 seat. The Congress has won 29 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in one seat.

4:26 pm: The CPI(M) has won 47 seats and is leading in two seats in Tripura.

4:22 pm: The Congress has won 28 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 2 seats. The UDP, that was in an alliance with the Congress in the outgoing assembly, has won 8 seats.

4:20 pm: The Congress has won 27 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in three seats.

4:13 pm: The Naga Peoples Front has won the Nagaland polls as it won 31 seats and was leading in seven seats.

4:05 pm: The ruling NPF is inching closer to victory in Nagaland as the party has won 28 seats and is leading in 10 seats. In Meghalaya, the Congress has won 25 seats and is leading in five seats.

3:51 pm: The Congress has won in 20 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 10 others. In Tripura, the CPI(M) has won 45 seats and is leading in 4 seats. The Congress has won 10 seats in the state.

3:36 pm: The Congress has won 14 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 16 others. The NPF has won 26 seats in Nagaland and is leading in 12.

3:27 pm: The NPF has won 25 seats in Nagaland and is leading in 11 others.

3:14 pm: The ruling NPF has won 24 seats in Nagaland and is leading in 10, moving closer to retaining power in the state. In Meghalaya, the Congress has won 12 seats and is leading in 19.

3:02 pm: The ruling NPF has won 23 seats in Nagaland and is leading in 10 others. The CPI(M) has won 43 seats in Tripura and is leading in six others.

2:52 pm: The Congress has won 10 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 21 others. The CPI(M) has won 42 seats and is leading in seven seats.

2:48 pm: The National People's Party has won one seat in Meghalaya.

2:44 pm: The Congress has won four seats in Nagaland and is leading in two seats.

2:33 pm: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has won the Dhanpur seat defeating Shah Alam of the Congress by 6,017 votes.

2:26 pm: The CPI(M) has won 37 seats in Tripura and is leading in 11 seats. The Congress has won 6 seats and is leading in 4 seats.

In Meghalaya, the Congress has won 8 seats and is leading in 23 seats.

2:17 pm: The Congress has won 7 seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 23 others.

2:10 pm: The CPI(M) has now won 34 seats and is leading in 14 other seats in Tripura. In Nagaland, the ruling NPF has won 22 seats and is leading in 10 seats. In Meghalaya, Congress has won 6 seats and is leading in 24 others.

1:52 pm: CPI(M) wins Tripura Assembly Elections.

1:49 pm: The CPI(M) has reached the half-way mark in Tripura winning 30 seats.

1:35 pm: The CPI(M) has won 27 seats and is leading in 21 others in Tripura. In Meghalaya, the Congress has won three seats and is leading in 26 others. In Nagaland, the NPF has won 20 seats and is leading in nine.

1:17 pm: The CPI(M) has won 23 seats in Tripura and is set to register its record fifth win. The Congress has won four seats in the state and is leading in five others.

1:11 pm: The ruling CPI(M) has won 22 seats in Tripura and is leading in 26 seats. The NPF has won 18 seats in Nagaland.

1:07 pm: The CPI(M) has won 21 seats in Tripura and is leading in 27 others. In Meghalaya, the UDF has now won three seats. In Nagaland, the Congress has now won two seats.

1:00 pm: The ruling Congress-UDF alliance is leading in Meghalaya. The Congress has won 2 seats and is leading in 26 others while the UDF has won 2 seats and is leading in four others.

In Tripura, the CPI(M) is close to registering a record fifth win. The party has won 19 seats and is leading in 29 others.

12:51 pm: The CPI(M) has won 18 seats in Tripura and is leading 28 others. In Nagaland, the NPF has won 17 seats, Congress one, BJP one and NCP two. Others parties have also won 3 seats in the state.

12:41 pm: The Congress has won two seats in Meghalaya and is leading in 24 others. Its ally in the state, UDP, is leading in five seats.

In Nagaland, the NPF won 17 seats and is leading in 10 seats. In Tripura, the CPI(M) has won 16 seats and is leading in 29 others.

12:27 pm: The CPI(M) has won 12 seats in Tripura and is leading in 34 other seats.

In Nagaland, the NPF has won four seats and is leading in 13 others. The BJP and the Congress have won one seat each in the state. The NCP has also won two seats.

12:21 pm: The CPI(M) has won ten seats in Tripura and is leading in 36 others.

12:16 pm: The ruling NPF has won 11 seats and is leading in 16 others in Nagaland. The NCP has also won two seats in the state.

12:10 pm: The NPF has won eight seats in Nagaland and is leading in 19 seats. In the 2008 polls, NPF had won 26 seats.

12:02 pm: The Congress has won one seat in Meghalaya and is leading in 23 other seats. Rowell Lyngdoh of the Congress has defeated Independent candidate Hadrian Lyngdoh in the Mawkyrwat seat.

In Tripura, the CPI(M) has won eight seats and is leading in 39 others.

11:58 am: The CPI(M) has won five seats in Tripura. Pranab Debbarma of the CPI(M) has defeated Rabindra Debbarma of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra in the Simna seat in Tripura.

The NPF has also won five seats in Nagaland and is leading in 20 other seats.

11:53 am: The CPI(M) has won four seats in Tripura. Niranjan Debbarma of the CPI(M) has defeated Rajeshwar Debbarma of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra in the Takarjala seat in Tripura.

11:42 am: The CPI(M) has won three seats in Tripura and is leading in 44 others. In the 2008 polls, the party won 46 seats.

11:37 am: The Congress has won one seat in Tripura. Jitendra Sarkar of the Congress has defeated Jitendra Das of the CPI(M) in the Barjala seat.

The NPF continues to move ahead in Nagaland and has won four seats. The party is leading in 22 seats.

11:31 am: In Tripura, the CPI(M) has won two seats and is leading in 45 other seats. Padma Kumar Debbarma of the CPI(M) won from the Ramchandraghat seat. In Nagaland, the NPF that has won two seats is leading in 23 others.

11:23 am: The Congress is now leading in 24 seats in Meghalaya. In Tripura, the CPI(M) that won one seat is leading in 46 other seats.

11:16 am: The NPF has now won two seats in Nagaland after Pohwang of the ruling party defeated K Konngam Konyak of Congress. The party is leading in 20 other seats.

11:12 am: The Congress has taken a lead in 23 seats Meghalaya, but the party was far behind in Tripura and Nagaland. In Nagaland, the ruling NPF is leading 22 seats.

11:02 am: The CPI has won one seat in Tripura. Manindra Reang of CPI won the Santirbazar seat against Gouri Sankar Reang of Congress. The CPI(M) is now leading in 45 seats in the state. In Nagaland, the NPF is leading in 20 seats.

10:47 am: The CPI(M) is leading in 43 seats in Tripura while the Congress is leading in seven. The Congress is leading in 22 seats in Meghalaya.

10:40 am: The CPI(M) that has won one seat is also leading in 41 other seats. The ruling party looks set to retain power in the state.

In Nagaland, the ruling NPF that has won one seat is leading in 18 others while the Congress was leading in 8 and NCP in 3.

In Meghalaya, the Congress is leading in 19 seats.

10:32 am: The Congress is leading in 16 seats in Meghalaya. The party is also leading in 8 seats in Nagaland, but is behind as the ruling NPF has won one seat and was leading in 17.

10:24 am: The CPI(M) has won in one seat in Tripura while the NPF has won in one seat in Nagaland.

10:16 am: The CPI(M) is leading in 35 seats in Tripura and looks set to retain power in the state. In Nagaland, the NPF looks set to retain power and is leading in 16 seats. The Congress, meanwhile, is now leading in 10 seats in Meghalaya.

10:07 am: The CPI(M) is leading in 32 seats in Tripura while the Congress is way behind and is leading in just four seats. The NPF has also taken a comfortable lead in Nagaland and was leading in 15 seats.

10:01 am: In Tripura, the CPI(M) is leading in 29 seats. In meghalaya, the Congress is leading in nine seats while the UDP is leading in four.

9:56 am: The CPI(M) is way ahead in Tripura and is leading in 26 seats. In Meghalaya, the Congress maintained its leads and was leading in 8 seats. In Nagaland, the NPF maintained its lead in 13 seats.

9:52 am: The Congress is now leading in Meghalaya in five seats. In Tripura, the CPI(M) is leading in 21 seats

9:46 am: The CPI(M) took a comfortable lead in Tripura and was leading in 15 seats while the Congress was leading in four. In Nagaland the ruling NPF also took a comfortable lead and was leading in 12 seats.

9:39 am: The CPI in Tripura is now leading in one seat, but the CPI(M) continues to lead in six seats while the Congress is leading in two seats. In Nagaland, the NPF is leading in nine seats.

9:32 am: According to the latest trends, the United Democratic Party was leading in two seats in Meghalaya, while HSPDP was leading in one seat.

In Tripura, the CPI(M) was leading in six seats while the Congress was leading in one. In Nagaland, the NPF was leading in seven seats while the JD(U) was leading in one.

9:26 am: The CPI(M) is leading in two seats in Trippura while in Nagaland, the NPF is now leading in five seats.

9:22 am: In Tripura, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is now leading in one seat. It remains to be seen whether it will come back to power for a record fifth time.

9:18 am: In Nagaland, the NPF is now leading in four seats while the JD(U) is leading in one.

9:11 am: In Nagaland, the Naga People's Front was leading in one seat according to the initial trends.

9:06 am: The first trends from Meghalaya are in and the Hill State People's Democratic Party was leading in one seat.

9:00 am: It's been an hour since counting began in the states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, but no leads are in yet as round one was not yet complete.

8:35 am: Round one of counting is on in all the three states and no leads are in yet. There is high security at the counting centres in all three states.

8:00 am: Counting of votes has begun in the Northeastern states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland amidst tight security. The Assembly elections in the three states, having 60 seats each, were held February 14 and February 23.

TRIPURA

In Tripura, both the ruling CPI-M led Left Front as well as the Congress-led opposition alliance are optimistic of forming the next government. "As per the Election Commission directives, a three-tier security has been put in place around the vote counting centres," said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashutosh Jindal.

According to him, the paramilitary forces would be posted inside the counting centres while the state's armed and other security forces would guard the outer zone. "Several teams of experts from the Electronic Corporation of India will be ready at each counting centre to rectify snags in the electronic voting machines," the official told reporters.

The February 14 voting decided the fate of 249 candidates, including 15 women and many Independents, in 60 constituencies of the state assembly. Over 2,500 officials, including counting supervisors and counting assistants, have been deployed for counting ballots in 60 halls at 17 venues, an official said.

Orders prohibiting any gathering of five or more people have been imposed within 200 metres of each counting centre equipped with CCTV cameras. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretary Bijan Dhar said: "We will win in more seats this time as compared to the last assembly elections and our vote share would increase substantially."

"We are happy with the record 93.57 percent of the 2,355,446 electorate casting their vote. In the 2008 and 2003 elections, the heavy turnout went in favour of the Left Front," he said.

State Congress chief Sudip Roy Barman said: "The Congress-Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura-Nationalist Conference of Tripura alliance will form the next government." In 2008, the Left Front registered a thumping victory. The CPI-M alone won 46 seats and partners Communist Party of India and Revolutionary Socialist Party secured respectively one and two seats. The Congress bagged 10 seats and the INPT one.

MEGHALAYA

In Meghalaya, both the ruling Congress and non-Congress parties are confident of winning the elections. A whopping 88 percent of the 1.5 million voters exercised their franchise to pick a new 60-member house in the state bordering Bangladesh.

There were 345 candidates, including 25 women and 122 independents. But some experts fear that Meghalaya may be headed for a fractured mandate. "I have always believed that Meghalaya will never get a clear mandate since elections here are conducted based on the personality of the candidate and trivial issues," AK Baruah, a retired professor of political science who taught at the North Eastern Hill University in Shillong.

Carved out of Assam in 1972, Meghalaya has seen 23 chief ministers in a span of 41 years. Captain Williamson Sangma, who led the government for the first time, was the only one to ever lead a single-party government in the state.

Since then, Meghalaya has seen fractured mandates, leading to volatile coalition governments. However, outgoing Chief Minster Mukul Sangma, 47, hopes to return to the assembly for a fifth consecutive time from Ampati constituency.

"We are close to half-way mark and we are hoping to get more," the Congress leader said. The Congress fielded candidates in all 60 constituencies while the United Democratic Party (UDP) contested 50 seats.

The Purno Sangma-led Nationalist People's Party (NPP) had 32 candidates, and the Nationalist Congress Party 21. The UDP is confident of ousting the Congress. "We will cross 15 seats and if luck favours we might even cross 20," UDP leader Bindo M Lanong said.

Lanong said UDP was in touch with "like-minded parties" for post-poll alliances. Predicting a Congress failure, Purno Sangma's son Conrad, leader of the opposition in the assembly, claimed that Chief Minister Mukul Sangma would bite the dust. "We are hopeful of increasing our tally," Conrad said.

NAGALAND

Nagaland's Joint Chief Electoral Officer N Moa Aier said the counting would begin at 8 am Thursday at 60 counting halls. "Adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure there is no untoward situation in any of the halls," he said.

"The elections were peaceful and we hope there is no incident during the counting," he said. Political parties, meanwhile, are busy making calculations.

While Nagaland Peoples' Front (NPF) -- the main constituent of ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) -- is confident of securing the required majority, the Congress is trying to secure the support of Independents and other parties to form the new government. The NPF expects to win over 32 seats and the Congress at least 25 seats.

The NPF has a pre-poll alliance with the BJP and JD-U and the strength of DAN in the outgoing assembly is 35. In the 2008 polls, the NPF won 26 seats on its own while the Congress won 23.

"There was a need for an alternative government in Nagaland and all like-minded legislators must come together to bring in the change," said Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee convener K Therie. He accused the NPF of pumping money into the polls.

Therie said the Congress would try to work it out with the NCP and other parties to secure their support once the results were declared. But NPF secretary Kru Zakie said they were confident of securing the majority.

"We also have the support of our long-time allies BJP and JD-U and some Independents," he said. A total of 1,193,438 voters, 589,505 of them women, February 23 sealed the fates of 188 candidates who contested the elections to the 60-member Nagaland assembly.

A total of 2,600 electronic voting machines were used to conduct the polls in 2,023 polling stations. Re-polling was held at nine polling stations.

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