Manipur exit polls: BJP likely to dethrone Congress

At least 30 out out of 60 seats are required for any party to form government in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 9, 2017 9:39 pm
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After 15 years of Okram Ibobi Singh led Congress government in Manipur, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to form government in the state this year, according to exit polls. The surveys predicted a close fight between the ruling Congress and BJP with C Voter giving 25-31 seats to BJP, followed by 17-23 seats to Congress and 9-15 seats to Others out of 60 assembly seats.

The other exit polls gave BJP a slight lead against the Congress predicting a change in power in the north-eastern state. At least 30 out out of 60 seats are required for any party to form government in the state.

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Manipur this year saw iron lady Irom Sharmila making her debut in the elections with her party named People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). She contested from two constituencies, Thoubal and Khurai in the state. Sharmila broke her 16-year long fast against AFSPA last year.

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The first and second phase of elections in the state saw a voting turnout of 84 per cent and 86 per cent respectively.

In 2002, 2007 and 2012 Manipur assembly elections, congress won 20, 30 and 42 seats respectively with its seat count increasing steadily. The counting and result for this year’s polls will be declared on March 11.

While campaigning, Congress and BJP played a blame game by raising the economic blockade and the Naga Peace Accord issue which led to massive violence in the state last month.

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    U. Roshan
    Mar 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    Both the parties Congress n BJP has done nothing at all in public interest. What ever has done is just for the parties chair. Just imagining from Novmon people's has faced so much problems due to economic blocked by Nagas but in return what they did just pointing fingers at one another. But one should not forget that four fingers are pointing at u...
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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Mar 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    Irom Sharmial Chanu will lose in both the consuencies even losing deposit. If she contest the election without withdrawing marathon fasting against AFSPA, she will win both consuencies. Now people of Manipur feel betra by her unilateral decision of withdrawal without consulting any of its team right activists.
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    Mahender Goriganti
    Mar 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    Historically high polling means BJP win
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