Today, the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the Assembly Elections in the three North East States of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Tripura will have its Assembly Elections on the 18th of February while Nagaland and Meghalaya will go to polls on the 27th of February. The counting for all the three Assembly Elections will be held on the 3rd of March.

Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said, “Model code of conduct comes into force now in all three states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.”

During a media interaction Achal Kumar said, “VVPATs along with EVMs (electronic voting machines) during the polling in State, VVPAT slips will be matched with CUs. Limit of expenditure is Rs. 20 lakh per candidate in all the three states.”

These elections are significant as the ruling BJP party is striving to expand its political footprint in the North East. At the same time, the Communist Party of India is prepping to make its sixth consecutive in Tripura. The political term in Meghalaya ends on the 6th of March, Nagaland on the 13th of March and Tripura on the 14th of the same month.

At present, Congress is ruling Meghalaya under the leadership of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. Nagaland People’s Front is in power in Nagaland under Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang. The Communist Party of India rules Tripura with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

The Assembly Elections in Meghalaya is important for the Congress party as it is one of the few states under its rule. Congress recently lost Assam to BJP which marked the Opposition parties loss of dominance in the North East. The Congress Party is facing a number of internal troubles in Meghalaya but hopes to make a quick fix before the elections.

Tripura Election will see a vicious battle between a number of political parties. The Communist Party of India will work towards holding its post against the BJP, the Congress and Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee.

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