In a virtual status quo, the ruling formations were ahead and appeared to be romping back to power in the assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya where counting of votes was taken up on Thursday.
The Left Front government is set to come back to power for the fifth consecutive term in Tripura with leader of the coalition CPI(M) leading in 32 of the 60 seats while its ally CPI was ahead in one.
Congress was a poor second leading only in four seats and others in one in the trends available so far.
In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress-UDP coalition is ahead in 14 of the 60 seats. Congress was ahead in 9 and its alliance partner UDP in 5.
Nagaland also continued with the same trend of favouring the ruling combination.
The Naga Peoples Front (NPF) was ahead in 15 seats while the Congress was ahead in 4, JD(U) 1 and others 2 in the 60-member Assembly.