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From Manipur to Assam: How many Lok Sabha seats will the BJP get in the Northeast – follow the latest trends here

The counting of votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha election in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim is scheduled to begin at 8 am on Tuesday (June 4).

Manipur

Manipur has only two seats in the Lok Sabha, but the outcome of the 2024 elections in the state will be closely watched across India due to prolonged violence between ethnic groups that has captured the country’s attention and put the party Bharatiya Janata, led by Prime Minister Narendra. Modi, on the defensive.

A voter turnout of over 80% in inner Manipur and nearly 69% in outer Manipur indicates that the people are ready to engage in the democratic process and decide who should represent the state in Parliament.

The main candidates from interior Manipur are Thounaojam Basanta Kumar Singh (BJP) and Angomcha Bimol Akoijam (Congress).

In Outer Manipur, the Congress has fielded Alfred Kanngam Arthur, whose most important rival will be Kachui Timothy Zimik of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), an ally of the BJP.

The BJP had won the Inner Manipur seat in 2019 and its ally NPF had won the Outer Manipur constituency. In 2014, the Congress had won both the seats.

Arunachal Pradesh

The Arunachal East constituency has incumbent MP Tapir Gao of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) facing Congress candidate Bosiram Siram and Bandey Mili of the Arunachal Democratic Party.

While Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju and the incumbent Arunachal West MP expect to retain their seats. In the first poll held on April 19, the state recorded a turnout of 77.68%.

The state also witnessed the massive victory of the BJP by winning 46 out of 60 seats in the parliamentary elections, for which votes were cast alongside the Lok Sabha elections on April 19, 2024.

Meghalaya

In Meghalaya, the National People’s Party (NPP) contested elections for both seats – Shillong and Tura – with the support of the BJP.

In the 2019 general elections, while Vincent H Pala of the Congress won the Shillong seat, Agatha K Sangma of the NPP won the Tura seat.

Both candidates were in the running in the 2024 general elections.

Tripura

In the 2019 general elections, the BJP won both the seats: Tripura East and Tripura West.

The party, however, presented other candidates for the 2024 elections.

Biplab Kumar Deb contested the election from Tripura West, while Kirti Devi Debbarman contested from Tripura East.

In the state, the Congress fielded one candidate, Asish Kumar Saha, from Tripura West only.

Nagaland

The state recorded a voter turnout of 57.72 per cent in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections held on April 19.

For the seat alone, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), an ally of the BJP, is contesting the elections to retain its seat against the Congress and an independent candidate.

In the 2019 elections, Tokheho Yepthomi of the NDPP won by a margin of 16,344 votes.

Mizoram

For the state’s only parliamentary seat, five parties – BJP, Congress, Mizo National Front, Zoram People’s Movement, Mizoram People’s Conference and an independent candidate – are in the fray.

In 2019, National Front candidate Mizo won the elections by a slim margin of 8,140 votes.

Sikkim

The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) achieved a resounding victory by winning 31 out of 32 seats in the Assembly elections held on April 19, as well as the Lok Sabha election.

In the Lok Sabha elections, candidates from six parties – SKM, BJP, Sikkim Citizen Action Party, Sikkim Republican Party, Sikkim Democratic Front, Congress and eight independent candidates – are in the fray.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state, SKM’s Indra Hang Subba won with a margin of 12,433 votes.

Check latest updates on Lok Sabha Election 2024 results here.

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