With the dates for the all-important Lok Sabha polls now announced, the various political parties and the citizens of India have complete clarity on exactly when the country will once again undertake the largest exercise in democracy anywhere in the world.
To present a snapshot projection of where the various parties stand at the moment in different states, Republic TV and CVoter have published the National Approval Ratings which present a complete picture of what would happen if elections are held today.
Here are the projections for Meghalaya:
Out of the 2 seats up for grabs in the Northeastern state, both UPA and NDA gain one each.
However, in terms of vote-share, UPA has a slight edge over NDA with 38.1% while the latter follows with 29.5%. In 2014, Congress and Meghalaya's NPP won one seat each.
January: As per the January edition of the National Approval Ratings, the Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA are projected to share the seats. Even in terms of vote share, the difference is negligible - UPA winning 38.2% of votes and NDA winning 39.3% of votes. The Others are projected to not win any seat despite a promising vote share of 22.5% votes.
UPA: In the December edition, they weren't projected to win any seat with a vote share of 37.9%. Hence, this time around, it is an increase in terms of both seat and vote share. In November and October, the UPA was projected to get one seat, but its vote share was just 29% and 23.8%. So it clearly indicates that the Congress-led UPA would make big strides in comparison to those two months' editions.
NDA: In comparison to the December edition, BJP is projected to lose one seat and relinquish 3.4% votes in January, should the elections take place today. Though, in comparison to November and October, they have lost no ground in terms of seats, and barely any ground in terms of vote share.
Others: Over the course of the three previous editions of NAR, the Others were never projected to win even a single seat, and the trend is expected to continue. Though, when compared to months of November and October, their vote share is falling drastically.