The Election 2018 for the Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura was announced today by the chief election commissioner of India A.J.Koti. The election in the northeast state will start from the 18th February. The Tripura will start voting on 18th February.
This year in 2018, India will witness an election in the eight states, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Mizoram. Considering the states, it is an important year for the states and political parties because the next year the general election is going to take place.
States such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where BJP has a strong foothold and is ruling party, so it will be interesting to see how it performs in this election this year because it will have a definite impact on the general election next year. There is the rule of Congress party in the states such as Meghalaya and Karnataka, which they will work to consolidate their position and try to win the election.
The VVPAT(Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines will also be used in the election. The EVM and VVPAT were being used in the previous election in Gujarat. In the Gujarat election, BJP could not improve but managed to withhold its power in the state.
Nagaland is under the Naga people’s Front and both the parties will want to win a majority in the election. The result of these states will be announced in the march whereas the counting of all the votes will start on the 3rd March. Each of these states has 60 assembly seats and given the significance of these states in the general election next year, each Party will look to gain a strong position in the election 2018.
With the announcement of dates for the election in the states, the war of words between political parties has begun. While Amit Shah blamed CPI(M) for the worse situation of Tripura, other parties have begun their preparation for the election.
The 2018 Assembly Election
These elections hold important positions in the Congress and BJP, which are generally concerned for the results in the bigger states such as Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Political parties will aim to utilize their age-old agenda to win the election. The election in the states will create political parties to dig deeper for the agendas, which they did not care till they were in power but during the election, it becomes an important issue for them.
We hope to see, how the election pans out in these states because northeast states are one of the most overlooked states by the central government in the past, as claimed by the political parties of these states. The funds for the development in these never reaches and the presence in the parliament is also limited given the geographical structure and population of these states.
But, election presents a strong tool for the people to say what they really want. In the coming months of the year, we will see an intense battle between parties for the Election 2018 in the states. Who wins the Election 2018 in the hands of time?