After a long-drawn battle in Manipur over big political issues like economic blockade, creation of seven new districts and revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (Afspa) among other issues, the final results for Manipur Assembly Election 2017 are out.
The Congress has emerged victorious, bagging 28 number of seats in the 60-seat Manipur Assembly. To form a government, the party needs 31 seats. The Bharatiya Janta Party secured 21 seats and other parties secured 11 seats. The other parties are All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) which secured one seat, Naga Peoples Front (NPF) secured four seats, Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJS) secured 1 seat, National People's Party (NPP) secured four seats and Independent candidate secured one seat.
Looking at the political alliances which are likely to occur are between BJP and NPF. But Congress will have an easier time snagging that majority.
The Manipur state Assembly went to polls on 4 and 8 March with a re-poll done on 9 March in 34 stations in eight districts.
All eyes were on Thoubal constituency, the home constituency of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who was competing against People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance's Irom Sharmila and BJP nominee Th Jadumani. Ibobi Singh has won from the Thoubal constituency in 2007 and 2012.
Irom Sharmila, who in 2016 ended her 16-year-long fast demanding the revocation of the Afspa, 1958, and launched her People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) party, entered politics promising to repeal the legislation through constitutional means.
The party, in its initial weeks, tried to cast itself in the mould of the Aam Aadmi Party. Just like Arvind Kejriwal had done with AAP five years ago, the PRJA also took up the cause of corruption.
To further cement its place as a whistleblower of Indian politics, the PRJA adopted the "whistle" symbol as well. In fact, its aspirations caught the eye of Kejriwal himself, and the Delhi chief minister even made a donation to Sharmila's party, and urged others to donate generously.
The party, with little money or organisation, fielded five candidates, including two women. Sharmila contested against chief minister Ibobi Singh in Thoubal, her party convener Erendro Leichombam contested in Thangmeibandh, rights activist Najima Bibi in Wabagai constituency in Thoubal district, Bowang Kho, a former student leader, in Karong constituency of the Naga-dominated district of Senapati, and Md Ilyash, a municipal councillor, in Lilong constituency in Thoubal district.
|Constituency||Const. No.||Leading Candidate||Leading Party||Trailing Candidate||Trailing Party||Margin|
|Kakching||37||Yengkhom Surchandra Singh||Indian National Congress||M. Rameshwar Singh (Ramay)||Bharatiya Janata Party||630|
|Kangpokpi (Gen)||50||Nemcha Kipgen||Bharatiya Janata Party||Kharga Tamang||Independent||2297|
|Karong (St)||47||D.D. Thaisii||Indian National Congress||R. Yuh Jonathan Tao||Bharatiya Janata Party||4293|
|Keirao||6||Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei||Bharatiya Janata Party||Md. Nasiruddin Khan||Independent||538|
|Keishamthong||12||Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar Singh||National People's Party||Laisom Ibomcha Singh||Indian National Congress||3261|
|Khangabok||35||Surjakumar Okram||Indian National Congress||Thokchom Jadumani Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||9452|
|Khundrakpam (Gen)||1||Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh||Indian National Congress||Thangjam Mohendro Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||3059|
|Khurai (Gen)||3||Leishangthem Susindro Meitei||Bharatiya Janata Party||Dr. Ngairangbam Bijoy Singh||Indian National Congress||1944|
|Konthoujam||18||Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Konthoujam Sharat Singh||Indian National Congress||2772|
|Kshetrigao||4||Nahakpam Indrajit Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Md. Amin Shah||Indian National Congress||380|
|Kumbi||29||Sanasam Bira Singh||Indian National Congress||Ningthoujam Mangi||Bharatiya Janata Party||1311|
|Lamlai||8||Ksh. Biren Singh||Indian National Congress||Khongbantabam Ibomcha||Bharatiya Janata Party||852|
|Lamsang||17||Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Wangkheimayum Brajabidhu Singh||Indian National Congress||1280|
|Langthabal||20||Karam Shyam||Lok Jan Shakti Party||O. Joy Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||2331|
|Lilong||30||Muhammad Abdul Nasir||Indian National Congress||Y. Antas Khan||Independent||1268|
|Mao (St)||48||Losii Dikho||Naga Peoples Front||Woba Joram||Bharatiya Janata Party||15414|
|Mayang Imphal||23||Kongkham Robindro Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Dr. Khumujam Ratankumar Singh||Indian National Congress||3094|
|Moirang||27||Pukhrem Sharatchandra Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Mairembam Prithviraj Singh||Indian National Congress||375|
|Nambol||24||Nameirakpam Loken Singh||Indian National Congress||Thounaojam Chaoba||Bharatiya Janata Party||280|
|Naoriya Pakhanglakpa||21||Soibam Subhaschandra Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||R.K. Anand||Indian National Congress||1615|
|Nungba (St)||54||Gaikhangam||Indian National Congress||Adim Pamei||Bharatiya Janata Party||5147|
|Oinam||25||Laishram Radhakishore Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Dr. Irengbam Ibohalbi Singh||Indian National Congress||843|
|Patsoi||19||Km. Ak. Mirabai Devi||Indian National Congress||Sapam Kunjakeswor (Keba) Singh||North East India Development Party||114|
|Phungyar (St)||43||K. Leishiyo||Naga Peoples Front||Somi Awungshi||Bharatiya Janata Party||4778|
|Sagolband||11||Rajkumar Imo Singh||Indian National Congress||Dr. Khwairakpam Loken Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||19|
|Saikot (St)||59||T. N. Haokip||Indian National Congress||Paokholal Haokip||Bharatiya Janata Party||5101|
|Saikul (St)||46||Yamthong Haokip||Indian National Congress||Chungkhokai Doungel||Nationalist Congress Party||3261|
|Saitu (St)||51||Ngamthang Haokip||Indian National Congress||Haokholet Kipgen||Bharatiya Janata Party||3817|
|Sekmai||16||Heikham Dingo Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Khwairakpam Devendro Singh||Indian National Congress||2532|
|Singhat (St)||60||Ginsuanhau||Indian National Congress||Chinlunthang||Bharatiya Janata Party||1162|
|Singjamei||13||Yumnam Khemchand Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Irengbam Hemochandra Singh||Indian National Congress||1834|
|Sugnu||39||Kangujam Ranjit Singh||Indian National Congress||Yumnam Jiban Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||3133|
|Tadubi (St)||49||N. Kayisii||National People's Party||M. Francis Ngajokpa||Bharatiya Janata Party||1299|
|Tamei (St)||52||Awangbow Newmai||Naga Peoples Front||Z. Kikhonbou Newmai||Bharatiya Janata Party||747|
|Tamenglong (St)||53||Samuel Jendai Kamei||Bharatiya Janata Party||Janghemlung Panmei||Naga Peoples Front||2004|
|Tengnoupal (St)||42||D. Korungthang||Indian National Congress||Yangkholet Haokip||Bharatiya Janata Party||4656|
|Thanga||28||Tongbram Robindro Singh||All India Trinamool Congress||Moirangthem Asnikumar Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||1005|
|Thangmeiband||9||Khumukcham Joykisan Singh||Indian National Congress||Jyotin Waikhom||Bharatiya Janata Party||157|
|Thanlon (St)||56||Vungzagin Valte||Bharatiya Janata Party||Chinkholal Thangsing||Indian National Congress||7169|
|Thongju||5||Thongam Biswajit Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Thokchom Ajit Singh||Indian National Congress||7301|
|Thoubal||31||Okram Ibobi Singh||Indian National Congress||Leitanthem Basanta Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||10470|
|Tipaimukh (St)||55||Dr. Chaltonlien Amo||Indian National Congress||Dr. Lallukhum Fimate||Bharatiya Janata Party||626|
|Ukhrul (St)||44||Alfred Kanngam Arthur||Indian National Congress||Somatai Shaiza||Bharatiya Janata Party||296|
|Uripok||10||Yumnam Joykumar Singh||National People's Party||Laishram Nandakumar Singh||Indian National Congress||345|
|Wabgai||36||Md. Fajur Rahim||Indian National Congress||Dr. Usham Deben Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||4761|
|Wangjing Tentha||34||Paonam Brojen Singh||Indian National Congress||Moirangthem Hemanta||Bharatiya Janata Party||1863|
|Wangkhei||15||Okram Henry Singh||Indian National Congress||Yumkham Erabot Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||4336|
|Wangkhem||32||Keisham Meghachandra Singh||Indian National Congress||Yumnam Nabachandra Singh||North East India Development Party||2880|
|Wangoi||22||Oinam Lukhoi Singh||Indian National Congress||Khuraijam Loken Singh||National People's Party||36|
|Yaiskul||14||Thokchom Satyabrata Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||Elangbam Chand Singh||Indian National Congress||570|
Published Date: Mar 11, 2017 21:21 PM | Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 21:26 PM