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Assembly election results 2018 LIVE: It's all saffron in Tripura and Nagaland
On Saturday morning, counting of votes for Assembly elections began in three Northeastern states – Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland – at 8 am amidst tight security.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a strong contender in all the three states with two exit polls predicting that the BJP will dislodge the 25-year-old Left front government in Tripura.

While the Congress has been in power in Meghalaya for the last 10 years, the Naga People's Front (NPF) has been ruling Nagaland since 2003.

After forming governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is now looking to expand its footprint in the Northeast.

While Mehgalaya and Nagaland had gone to polls on February 27, elections were held in Tripura on February 18.

While the Congress has fielded candidates on all the 59 seats in Meghalaya, the BJP fought the election on only 47 seats. Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma of the Congress is contesting from two seats.

In Nagaland, the BJP has formed an alliance with NDPP, the political outfit headed by Neiphiu Rio. While the BJP has fielded candidates on 20 seats in the state, the Congress, which has formed governments on three occasions since the state's inception in 1963, has fielded candidates on 18 seats.

Here's the final tally of seats after counting of votes

Tripura 59/59      BJP 44                 Congress 0           Left 15       Others 0

Meghalaya 59/59 BJP 2                   Congress 21         NPP 19       Others 9

Nagaland 60/60    BJP 29                 Congress 0          NPF 29       Others 2

While the BJP managed to get complete majority in Tripura on its own, it is also likely to form the government in Nagaland along with its ally the NPF. However, uncertainty looms large over Meghalaya, as the state is headed for a hung Assembly. 

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