Campaigning in Meghalaya, Nagaland end, voting on February 27

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Published: February 4,2020 04:13 PM
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The high-octane Meghalaya and Nagaland poll campaign during which barbs flew thick and fast among parties ended on Sunday. Voting in the two states, both having 60-member assemblies, will take place o

February 26, 2018: The high-octane Meghalaya and Nagaland poll campaign during which barbs flew thick and fast among parties ended on Sunday. Voting in the two states, both having 60-member assemblies, will take place on Tuesday. The result will be declared on March 3 along with that of Tripura, where elections were held on February 18.

The BJP is making a determined bid to expand its footprint in the Northeast, buoyed by the formation of its government in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Meghalaya, in particular, is important for the Congress, where it has been part of the government for 10 years.

BJP's resolve could be gauged from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the campaign. Party chief Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani and a host of other leaders also chipped in.

Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons, a Christian from Kerala, stayed put in Meghalaya as the BJP in-charge of the state with a predominantly Christian population.

From the Congress, its president Rahul Gandhi campaigned in the state. Its media chief Randeep Singh Surjewala and MP Shashi Tharoor extended helping hands.

With a total of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 14 Rajya Sabha berths, the eight states of the region are crucial for the BJP to add up to its number in 2019 general election.

At present, the BJP has eight Lok Sabha members from the region, and the Congress has seven.

In the Rajya Sabha, out of total 14 seats, the BJP has one and the Congress nine. The rest are with local parties.

As the clock ticked 4 pm, campaigning ended in both Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The Congress and the BJP are slugging it out in Meghalaya. The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP has put up nominees in 47 constituencies