Election Commission announce poll schedule for Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura

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Latest update: Election Commission announces election dates for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland announced.

The Congress said it was confident of retaining power in Meghalaya, and winning in Nagaland and Tripura as poll dates for the three northeastern states were announced on Thursday. Counting of ballots will be taken up together with Meghalaya and Nagaland on March 3 and process of election will end on March 5 next.

The VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines will also be used in the election.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies is ending on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

For Congress party, the loss of power in Assam to BJP marked its losing dominance in the North East and hence the outcome of Meghalaya, where Congress has been battling internal troubles, is critical for both the parties. The Democratic Alliance is supported by BJP.

In Meghalaya, the Congress-led government of Mukul Sangma has ruled for eight years. Sarkar will have to come over anti- incumbency as the BJP and the Trinamool Congress are eyeing power in the state bordering Bangladesh.

Apart from these three states, elections to the Karnataka, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assemblies will be held later this year as well. Congress leaders had attributed the party's improved performance in the state to his efforts.

NPP (National People Party) is out with the name of 24 candidates, notably among them is former union minister Agatha K Sangma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December opened several infrastructure projects ahead of the assembly elections in Meghalaya.

In Nagaland, the saffron party is exploring a revival of its old alliance with the Naga People's Front (NPF).

In the last assembly polls, the Congress had won 29 of the state's 60 provincial seats while the NPP had bagged just two seats.

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