Nagaland on Saturday elected a hung assembly with ruling Naga Peoples Front (NPF) emerging as the single largest party with 27 seats in 60-chair House.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 11 seats, said that it will form the next government with its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) which won 16 seats.
The JD(U), which shares power with the BJP in Bihar, has announced that it will support the BJP. An Independent candidate, Tongpang Ozukum, also submitted a letter of support to the BJP. The National People's Party, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur, won two seats.
The magic figure in Nagaland is 31.
As it happened:
# Total seats: 58 -- Bharatiya Janata Party: 11 | Naga Peoples Front: 27 | Janata Dal (United): 1 | National People's Party: 2 | Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party 16 | Independent 1
5:05 pm: I thank people of Nagaland and congratulate karyakartas of BJP Nagaland unit, Shri Kiren Rijiju ji and state president Shri Visasolie Lhoungu ji for this unprecedented performance. BJP will leave no stone unturned to empower Nagaland: Amit Shah
Thank you Nagaland for supporting @BJP4Nagaland and our valued ally. I assure my sisters and brothers of Nagaland that we will continue to work for the progress and prosperity of Nagaland. I applaud the tireless work of the local BJP unit.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2018
People of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have spoken!— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2018
I thank the people of these states for supporting the good governance agenda and ‘Act East Policy’ of @BJP4India & our valued allies. We remain committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams & aspirations of the people.
03:38 pm: Trends tally: BJP-NDPP alliance: 29; NPF - 26; Others - 5; Congress - 0
02:40 pm: BJP President Amit Shah to hold a press conference today at 4 PM; PM Modi to arrive at the party headquarters at 6 PM
02:26 pm: Trends tally: BJP-NDPP alliance - 27; NPF - 26; Others - 7; Congress - 0
02:25 pm: We have fought elections in a way it should have been in a democratic country: Kiren Rijiju to India TV
02:25 pm: The way country is progressing under the leadership of PM Modi is commendable: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju to India TV
01:50 pm: Nagaland Elections 2018: Vote share till now - NPF - 39.1%; NDPP - 27.6%; BJP- 12.5%
01:36 pm: Rahul Gandhi is not serious about politics and governance and this is clearly visible: BJP's Giriraj Singh to India TV
01:36 pm: Rahul Gandhi knew that Congress is not going to win, so he went abroad: BJP's Giriraj Singh to India TV
01:35 pm: Rahul Gandhi leaves the workers of Congress at crucial times: BJP's Giriraj Singh to India TV
01:30 pm: BJP's Giriraj Singh attacks Rahul Gandhi over Tripura election results, says Rahul Gandhi left the country even before the election results
01:28 pm: Trends tally: NPF leading on 28; BJP-NDPP alliance on 27; Others - 5; Congress - none
12:47 pm: Amit Shah to reach BJP HQ at 1:30 pm; PM Modi to meet party workers in Delhi at 6:30 pm
12:32 am: BJP-NDPP alliance marches ahead on ruling NPF, looks at a sure win; trends tally: BJP-NDPP alliance: 29; NPF - 22; Others - 9, Congress - 0
11:51 am: Trends tally: BJP-NDPP alliance - 31; NPF - 26; Congress - 0; Others - 3
11:31 am: Trends tally: BJP-NDPP alliance - 28; NPF - 28; Congress - 0; Others - 4
11:24 am: Smaller parties may hold the key as BJP-NDPP alliance, NPF continue neck-to-neck fight, each ahead on 27 seats; others 6
11:03 am: BJP-NDPP alliance back on lead in trends, NPF ahead on 26
10:56 am: BJP-NDPP alliance ahead on 24, NDF leading on 27, Others on 8, Congress 1
10:29 am: NPF leading on 27 seats, BJP-NDPP alliance on 17 and others gain a lead on 15 seats; Congress ahead on 1 seat
10:28 am: The trends in all three states point to a new political direction, it will have an effect on national politics as well. We are confident of forming Govt in all three: Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home
09:45 am: Trends - NPF leading on 30 seats; BJP-NDPP alliance ahead on 23, Congress o and others 1
Seeing the earlier trends:, I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya. The three results of North East are going to be very good for BJP: Ram Madhav, BJP pic.twitter.com/66V7BPCXDn— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2018
09:20 am: First hour of vote counting in Nagaland: BJP+ leading on 19 seats; NPF on 25 seats; Congress on 0; Others on 1 seats
08:57 am: BJP-NDPP alliance is ahead on 17 seats while ruling NPF leading on just 4; Congress and others on 2 each
08:30 am: NPF leading on 1 seat, BJP-NDPP alliance on 10 seats; Congress and other nill
08:20 am: BJP alliance edges ahead on another seat.
08:02 am: Counting for Nagaland Assembly Election 2018 begins
07:30 am: Counting will begin at 8 am
07:15 am: In the 60-member Nagaland assembly elections, a party would need 31 seats to get a clear majority.
07:10 am: In Nagaland, 349 tables in 17 centres across the state have been set up for the counting of votes, its Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha said. Votes in Nagaland are being counted in the presence of the candidates and their agents under the supervision of the respective district returning officers and assistant returning officers, State Additional CEO N Moa Aier told PTI.
07:00 am: Nagaland Election 2018 Exit Poll by JanKiBaat-NewsX predicts that BJP-NDPP alliance will storm the ruling NPF bastion as it is predicted to win 27-32 seats with a vote share of 48 per cent, against NPF's 20-25 seats and a vote share of 42 per cent.
06:30 am: On 2187 polling stations, Nagaland saw around 75 per cent voter turnout as it was marred by violent clashes between supporters of the Naga People's Front (NPF) and the newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). The 2013 Assembly elections turnout in Nagaland was 90.57 per cent.
06:20 am: The counting today will decide the fate of 196 candidates in fray for 2018 assembly elections in Nagaland. Among 196 candidates only 5 are women. After 54 years of statehood and 12 assembly elections, Nagaland is yet to see any woman representative in the Assembly.
06:10 am: Major parties contesting Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018 are Nagaland People's Front (NPF), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC).
06:00 am: The BJP contested the elections in alliance with the newly-formed National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), led by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) fielded 58 candidates. The BJP fielded candidates from 20 seats while Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) contested from 40 constituencies. Congress fielded 18 candidates in Nagaland Assembly Election 2018.