Polls in 3 NE states: BJP likely to release candidates’ names on 27 Jan

BJP national president Amit Shah addressing a rally in Tripura
BJP national president Amit Shah addressing a rally in Tripura| https://twitter.com/BJP4Tripura

BJP’s parliamentary board will meet on 27 January to decide on names of candidates; Amit Shah convenes special meeting a day before.

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to announce its candidates’ lists for the upcoming assembly election in three Northeastern states Saturday.

While Tripura will go to the polls on 18 February, elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on 27 February. Results will be declared on 3 March.

BJP’s parliamentary board will meet on 27 January to decide on names of candidates, party sources told ThePrint.

Ahead of the parliamentary board meeting, BJP leaders from the northeast, who have been aggressively working to expand the party’s support base in the region, will attend another strategic meeting, convened by national president Amit Shah, Friday.

According to the sources, the strategic meeting has been called to discuss the party’s seat-wise strengths and weakness in the three states.

The sources said that winning assembly elections will ensure that party will have a base in this region before the 2019 parliamentary elections and will help the BJP stay in power.

“The meeting is important from various viewpoints. We can still work on weak seats and there would be a seat-wise review as well,” said a party source. “We will be able to get a fair idea of our position in respective states.”

Meanwhile, as first reported by ThePrint, the BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) Thursday declared the seat sharing agreement.

The BJP will contest in 11 tribal seats whereas IPFT, a tribal outfit, will field its candidates in 9 seats. In total, BJP will fight election in 51 seats out of total 60 assembly segments in the state.

Earlier, there was a contention over the Kanchanpur seat in North Tripura district where both BJP and IPFT wanted to field their candidates. Finally, IPFT has been given the seat whereas Karbook in Gomati district has gone to the BJP.

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