Kohima / Shillong : Poll related violence erupted in Nagaland as one person was died and two others injured during clash between the supporters of BJP and ruling Naga People’s Front in Akuluto assembly constituency.
About 56 percent of the voters in Nagaland and 41 percent in Meghalaya exercised their franchise till 1 pm as polling is underway in the two north eastern Indian states.
According to the reports, Nagaland witnessed several election related violence on the poll day.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Nagaland Abhijit Sinha said that, one person was died and two others injured during clash between two groups in Akuluto assembly constituency in Zunheboto district at around 11-10 am.
On the other hand, a civilian was injured in a bomb explosion at a polling booth in Nagaland’s Tizit town on Tuesday morning.
The civilian was injured while miscreants lobbed a hand-made bomb targeting to the polling booth.
Apart from it few more election related violence reports came from Nagaland.
Over 30.21 lakh voters will exercise their franchise to decide the of 565 candidates in both states and polling started from 7 am.
This election has landed a challenged for both the ruling parties in Nagaland and Meghalaya, where as the BJP emerged a strongest opponent in both the states after ties up with regional parties.
Congress has ruled 15-year in Meghalaya, but this time Congress has landed a big threat from the BJP after the saffron party has tied up with National People’s Party (NPP) founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma.
NPP is also an ally partner of NDA and government partner in Manipur also.
In Meghalaya, both BJP and NPP had fielded their candidates separately, but both parties declared to form post-poll alliance.
On the other hand, BJP had dumped its 15-year old alliance partner Naga People’s Front (NPF) in Nagaland and forged with newly formed political party Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led by three times former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and emerged as a big threat to the ruling party.
The BJP is eying to expand its footprints in entire North East after forming government in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
The two north east states have a 60-member house each, but voting will be held for 59 constituencies in both states.
Neiphiu Rio had already declared unopposed win from the Northern Angami- II assembly constituency.
In Meghalaya, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate for Williamnagar Jonathone N Sangma was shot dead by the suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in East Garo Hills district on February 18 last.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)