Manipur Assembly Elections: BJP fails to dislodge Congress, Irom Sharmila loses
The Manipur Assembly elections is a true test for Congress CM Okram Ibobi (ANI Twitter) Photograph: (Others)
Congress edged out BJP in the state as the poll battle ended in a virtual shoot-out as leads kept changing throughout the day. Congress beat BJP by winning 28 seats to 21, though the former has fallen agonisingly short of the half-way mark to form the government.
The Congress have bucked predictions made by several exit polls to beat the BJP.
In the high-profile contest in Thoubal, 'Iron Lady' of Manipur Irom Sharmila lost to the incumbent chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
Sharmila managed to garner only 90 votes, according to the Election Commission of India.
Reacting to the heavy loss, Sharmila said she would not contest the next state elections and would concentrate on fighting the menace of the army in her state.
Sharmila, a renowned civil rights activist who went on a hunger strike for 16 years to protest army's unchecked power in the state, had floated a party of her own -- Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRAJA) -- to contest this state election.
Manipur: Supporters of CM Okram Ibobi Singh, who has won from Thoubal seat, celebrate pic.twitter.com/Vhf6gemFPh— ANI (@ANI_news) March 11, 2017
But the end result shows she failed to make a dent in these elections.
Early trends show Irom Sharmila trailing on the Imphal seat, Manipur (WION)
Congress candidates who won included Md Abdul Naser and K Jaikishen Singh. N Biren Singh, a key BJP leader, emerged victorious from Heingang Assembly seat. BJP nominees who won included Sapam R Singh and Heikham Dingo Singh. Y Jaikumar Singh and Langpoklakpam J Singh of Nationalist People's Party (NPP) emerged victorious from Uripok and Keishamthong seat, respectively.
The Naga People's Front won from Mao (ST), Tamei (ST) and Phungyar (ST) seats. Lokjanshakti party won Langthabal seat.
Elections in the state were held in two phases -- the first phase was held on March 4 and the second on March 8. The elections were held for 60 seats.