Exit polls on Tuesday predicted a massive expansion of BJP’s footprint in the northeast with wins for its alliances in Tripura and Nagaland. In Meghalaya, NPP founded by former Speaker P A Sangma is projected to lead in a hung House unseating ruling Congress.
Wins in Tripura and Nagaland would be a big plus for BJP which has had a marginal presence in Tripura and Nagaland. Given that NPP is an NDA member, BJP wouldn’t be too unhappy with it replacing Congress in Meghalaya either even if its own projected tally is rather modest.
Of the three exit polls, two gave BJP and its ally IPFT a clear win in Tripura (see graph) while the third suggested a neck and neck fight with the ruling Left Front.
Congress, which was the main opposition party in the last elections in 2013, may fail to win a single seat in the state, all the polls indicated.