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Manipur elections results: All you need to know


INC 28
BJP 21
The tightest of all the Assembly state election battles, Manipur went down to the wire, with the Congress winning 28 seats to the BJP’s 21. The result however is bound to remain sweet for the BJP which has created a toehold for itself in the state, where it has not been a big force till now.
* Naga Peoples’ Front, which has won four seats, says it is likely to support the formation of a non-Congress government in Manipur, news agency ANI has reported.

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.

* Amit Shah, BJP chief, addresses a press conference.”On behalf of BJP, I would like to congratulate and thank people of UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab and Goa for coming our in big numbers to vote.We have received historic mandate in UP and Uttarakkhand, and will also form governments in Manipur and Goa.”
* 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.
What may have helped BJP?

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’s Nemcha Kipgen has won from Kangpoki (General). She was previously a member of Congress. BJP is now leading in 19 seats.
* 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 .

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