Kohima:  Naga Peoples Front (NPF) swept back to power in Nagaland on Thursday for the third consecutive time getting absolute majority with the Congress getting a drubbing winning 10 less than last time.
The state party bettered its tally to 38 in the Assembly polls clinching 12 more seats against 26 it won last time. It had contested in all the seats of the 60-member Assembly. Congress could manage to win only eight seats compared to the 18 it won last time.
NPF allies JD(U) and BJP won a seat each. NCP contested in 15 but won in four seats, while RJD failed to open its account though it entered the fray in two constituencies. Independents won 8 seats.
Elections were held in 59 of the total 60 seats. Election to Teunsang Sadar was countermanded following the death of Congress candidate P Chuba Chang a day before the February 23 polls.
NPF heavyweights who were re-elected on Thursday included Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who won his Northern Angami seat by a convincing 12671 margin of votes for the sixth consecutive time defeating his Congress rival Kevise Sogotsu.
Former Nagaland Home Minister and NPF candidate Imkong L Impchen, who resigned following his arrest for allegedly carrying over Rs one crore in cash, arms and ammunition besides liquor in his vehicle ahead of the assembly polls, defeats independent candidate T Chalukumba Ao by 5735 votes. Congress candidate for the seat Moatemjen forfeited his deposit after winning just 98 votes.

LF retains Tripura

The Left Front retained its bastion Tripura while the Naga People's Front in Nagaland and Congress in Meghalaya are set to return to power in the northeast states where counting of votes was taken up on Thursday.
The Left Front government in Tripura is poised for a fifth straight term since 1993, securing absolute majority by winning 31 seats in the 60-member Assembly (CPI-M 30 and CPI-1) and leading in 16 other seats while it is headed for a two thirds majority.
Prominent winners of the Left Front are Jail Minister Manindra Reang, Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury, Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma and Industries Minister Jitendra Chowdhury.

Congress retains power in Meghalaya
The Congress retained power in Meghalaya after emerging as the single largest party, bagging 29 seats, 2 short of an absolute majority, in the Assembly election results that were declared on Thursday.
In the 2008 Assembly election, the Congress had bagged 25 seats. The results are a shot in the arm of Congress chief minister Mukul Sangma who faced stiff opposition from old warhorse P A Sangma who had quit Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party to form the National People's Party last year.
But NPP managed to bag only two seats, saving itself from the ignominy of getting wiped off the scene in the Garo Hills region, once considered the bastion of the former Lok Sabha Speaker. The NCP on the other hand won two seats with its incumbent deputy speaker Sanbor Shullai retaining his urban South Shillong constituency.
The United Democratic Party, which was the key ally of the Congress for the past three years in the Meghalaya United Alliance coalition government, could retain eight out of 11 seats it won in 2008.



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