Meghalaya and Nagaland are ready for the assembly elections which will take place on Tuesday. Both the states have 60 seats in the house but elections are held for 59 seats only. The elections have been cancelled in Williamnagar of Meghalaya after its NCP candidate was killed in a blast. NDPP supremo Neiphiu Rio has been elected unanimously for the constituency of Northern Angami-II of Nagaland. The results will be out on March 3, 2018.
Congress has been in power in Meghalaya since last 10 years but this does not stop BJP. After establishing itself in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Manipur, BJP has held its hope high for this election and is on its way to gain power in North-East. In Meghalaya, Congress and BJP will be contesting on 59 seats and 47 seats, respectively.
In Meghalaya, BJP and NPP are contesting separately but they will be united for the elections in the North East Democratic Alliance. In Nagaland, BJP is contesting on 20 seats in alliance with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party which has 40 candidates. On the other hand, Congress is filling candidates in 18 seats only.
The process for declaring candidates was started on January 31, 2018. A total of 370 contestants will be running for elections in Meghalaya. This includes 32 women. There are 18.4 lakh voters in the state. In Nagaland, there are 11.9 lakh voters. After the process of sorting, 227 candidates are contesting in Nagaland.
To make sure that the elections are held out in peace, the state has stationed 281 companies of CAPF apart from the police force of Nagaland. Safety has been of prime importance during this difficult and controversial time of elections in Nagaland, so all the polling booths will be protected by the CAPF assisted by the state police force.