MANIPUR ELECTION RESULTS 2017
While the Congress is still the largest party, it has not crossed 30 seats, the halfway mark. Both the Congress and the BJP are now likely to negotiate support from the smaller outfits and independents who have won 10 seats in the elections. Even the Trinamool Congress’s lone seat may come into play here.
* Irom Sharmila says she has decided to quit politics. She had received less than 100 votes. This was lower than even the NOTA option.
* BJP and Congress are now leading in 25 seats each.
* BJP and Congress have 12 wins each so far. BJP is leading in another 14 seats which is signaling at a possibly historic result.
Large-turnouts – almost 84 per cent in the two phases – may have helped BJP more than others. Support of the Nagas in the state and connect with Meiteis, a largely Hindu community, may have also worked in its favour.
* For a party that was almost non-existent in the 2012 assembly elections here, BJP would look at the 2017 results so far with gleaming pride. Congress, a traditional stronghold here, is being given a tough fight and in fact, is trailing BJP in trends.
Did you know? BJP formed government in nearby Arunachal Pradesh in late 2016 after 33 Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLAs crossed over.
* BJP leading in 24 seats as against 19 seats in which Congress is faring well.
* Winners being declared: Eight wins for Congress, three for BJP so far.
* BJP now leading in 17 seats as against 15 for Congress. This battle has more twists and turns than a Bollywood thriller. Did you know? Manipur has had 16 different CMs and not one has been from BJP. Is Modi’s ‘Look East’ policy working?
* Okram Ibobi Singh wins! Several factors may have contributed to his triumph but one of the biggest would be his cabinet’s decision to create seven districts on December 8, defying the economic blockade that had held the state under siege. Read the full report here .