As three of the northeastern states viz. Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland went for state assembly polls in February this year, counting of the votes took place on March 2 simultaneously for all three states.
Tripura which went on polls on February 16 is all set to have BJP-IPFT alliance government for the second term with incumbent CM Manik Saha as the forerunner for the top post.
The state assembly of Tripura comprising of 60 assembly seats had an alliance government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) ahead of the election. Alliance partner BJP won 32 constituencies while IPFT won 1 seat only. The Congress-Left alliance which fought the election together could only secure 14 seats with Indian National Congress (INC) winning 3 seats while the alliance partner IPFT won 11.
Another political party that had emerged as a force to reckon with in tribal seats, TIPRA Motha Party, and largely assumed to be the kingmaker won 13 seats in its maiden election.