Guwahati: A day after the poll dates for the assembly elections of three northeastern states of Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya, the saffron party of BJP finalized the seat-sharing agreement in Nagaland on Thursday.
Following a meeting with Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and Central leaderships, North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a 20:40 equation has been accepted for the upcoming elections in Nagaland slated on February 27, 2023.
Sarma said, “An agreement has been reached on the seat-sharing equation with Nagaland’s NDPP and we have decided that BJP will fight in 20 seats while NDPP will fight in 40 seats.”
Nagaland has 60 assembly seats. In the last state polls too, the BJP and NDPP fought in a 40:20 understanding, where the BJP won 12 out of 20 seats they contested.
Earlier, NDPP leader and Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said despite the state assembly election approaching, its party has decided not to campaign, but to keep working for the solution of the Naga political issue. However, with only a few weeks left, the Naga political solution continued to elude.
Meantime, Sarma informed that in Meghalaya, the saffron party would contest alone and in Tripura, the party was already working to sort out negotiations with other regional parties there.
The Election Commission of India on January 18 announced the poll schedule for assembly elections in three northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. While polling for Tripura Elections 2023 will be held on February 16 while Meghalaya and Nagaland will be together for polls on February 27, 2023.
The results of the elections will be out on March 2.