Meghalaya Assembly Election 2018: Amid unemployment, insurgency, this northeastern state will be a tough…

With the Assembly elections due early this year, the northeastern state of Meghalaya is set to be a tough battleground in the region for the ruling Congress,  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National People’s Party (NPP) and other regional parties.

With a population of 29,66,889 as per the 2011 Census and spread over an area of 22,429 square kilometers, Meghalaya has roughly as many people as Jamaica, living in as big a country as the Central American nation, Belize.  It was carved out of Assam as an Autonomous State in April 1970 and declared as a full-fledged state in January 1972. It is a narrow stretch of land and shares about 443 kilometres of international border with Bangladesh in the south.

File image of tribals in Meghalaya. Reuters

File image of tribals in Meghalaya. Reuters

Demographics of the state

The population in Meghalaya comprises 14,91,832

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