New Delhi, Feb 27: Polling is underway two north-eastern states of Meghalaya and Nagaland on Tuesday. People will cast their vote between 7 AM and 4 PM, except in some polling stations of the interior districts of Nagaland, where the process is scheduled to conclude at 3 pm.
The two states have a 60-member House each, but voting will be held for 59 constituencies in both. In Meghalaya, the election has been countermanded in Williamnagar in the wake of the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma in an IED blast in East Garo Hills district on February 18. In Nagaland, NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio has been declared elected unopposed from the Northern Angami-II constituency.
Last evening, a high-octane campaign for the polls came to an end. Buoyed by the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is making a determined bid to expand its footprint in the north-east. On the other hand, for the Congress, the poll outcome in Meghalaya is particularly significant as it has been ruling the state for the last 10 years.
The results of the polls in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be declared on March 3.