The two christian dominated states of Meghalaya and Nagaland goes to polls today.Both of the states have 60 assembly seats each,but voting will be held for 59 constituencies in the two states. For congress it will be a matter of existence and for BJP ,it is a test for its ability to sway the largely Christian electorates.
In Meghalaya, the election has been countermanded in Williamnagar following 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.
A high-decibel campaign for the polls in the two states came to an end last evening. 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.
For the Congress, the poll outcome in Meghalaya is particularly significant as it has been ruling the state for the last 10 years. But this time, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to throw the Congress out of power and add Meghalaya into its kitty.
The results of the polls in the two states, along with that of Tripura, will be declared on March 3.