There was a time not so long ago when leading psephologists, analysts and other manner of General Election predictors on television, as they went over the electoral map of India allotting seats to various political parties State by State, would come to the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the North-East (including Assam) and dump them pretty much routinely in the Congress basket. The exit poll by CVoter has predicted a 25-31 seats win for NDPP-BJP alliance and 19-25 for NPF.
Balloting in the Charilam (reserved for the tribals) has been deferred to March 12 after the death of a CPI-M candidate. While elections were postponed in Meghalay's Williamnagar following the death of an NCP candidate, in Nagaland, Nephiu Rio of NDPP was declared victor from Northern Angami-II Assembly seat in Kohima after his rival withdrew from the race.
In Tripura, over 92 per cent voters had exercised their franchise in the elections, setting a new record. In a first, Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma is contesting from two seats. Nagaland also looks like a win for the BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) alliance with both exit polls conducted in the State giving it an edge over the ruling Naga People's Front (NPP).
Meanwhile, re-polling in six booths - Dhanpur, Sonamura, Teliamura, Kadamtala-Kurti, Ampinagar and Sabroom Assembly constituencies - following accusations from the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) of improper election procedure, was held on Monday. Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkonger said, 13 counting centres will be set up in the state. It predicted 9-15 seats for the Left front with a vote share of 40 percent.
There was a heavy rush of nominees to file their nomination papers on the last day, February 7, and finally after scrutiny and withdrawal, 227 candidates were in the fray for the Assembly elections in the state.
JanKiBaat-NewsX has predicted that an alliance of the BJP and the Indigenous Peoplé Front of Tripura will win 35-45 seats with a vote share of 51 per cent.
Tripura became a full-fledged state in January 1972 along with Meghalaya and Manipur. C-Voters poll shows that the BJP's ally, the National People's Party, could get 29.4 per cent of all votes and 17 to 23 seats.
Meanwhile, just 24-hours after the polls, state Congress president Kewe Khape Therie said the party "will draw a blank" as its candidates were on an "abandoned ship".
C-Voter predicts that the Congress win 0-2 seats, while the other exit polls predict that the party will not be winning any seats in the state.
In picture: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang (right) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.