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BJP clenches majority in Manipur; Irom Sharmila relinquishes politics

A break-up of the vote share percentage in Manipur (party wise)  Courtesy: Election Commission of India

A break-up of the vote share percentage in Manipur (party wise)
Courtesy: Election Commission of India

Manipur, the 60-member assembly, much like the other states, saw the Congress and BJP fight it out, neck to neck, for the majority within the state. The Congress won 27 seats (35.1% votes), whereas the BJP won 21 seats (36.3% votes). Others like the All India Trinamool Congress (1.4% votes), Naga Peoples Front (7.2% votes), Lok Jan Shakti Party (2.5%) and National People’s Party (5.1%) got 1, 4, 1 and 4 seats respectively.

Despite the Congress winning 28 seats and the BJP 21, neither party had a clear majority, much like the situation in Goa.

However, much to the Congress’s dismay, the BJP claimed majority with support from National People’s Party (4 MLAs), Naga People’s Front (4), LJP (1) and two others Ashab Uddin (Independent) and T Robindro Singh (Trinamool).

Nongthombam Biren Singh, to be cheif minister of Manipur, is likely to be sworn in on March 15

Nongthombam Biren Singh, to be cheif minister of Manipur, is likely to be sworn in on March 15

Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu received a disappointing 90 votes fighting against sitting CM Ibobi Singh

Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu received a disappointing 90 votes fighting against sitting CM Ibobi Singh

With clear support, BJP submitted a list of 32 MLAs to Manipur governor Najma Heptullah, on March 12, along with submitting letters of support from regional Activist Irom Sharmila Chanu from the Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance, who had spent the last 16 years of her life fasting, and protesting against the atrocities inflicted by the AFSPA rule in Manipur, stood from the Thoubal constituency. She was one of the most prominent female candidates who stood up during the 2017 assembly polls.

Unfortunately for her, she only received a disappointing 90 votes, fighting against the three-time sitting chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh (INC) who won with 18649 votes. She subsequently relinquished her political aspirations.

Apart from Sharmila, 10 other female candidates stood up for elections in Manipur, time this time around, out of which only 2 won.

Manipur, thus far, has put up the worst show so far, with only 3 per cent women being elected to its legislative assembly in 2017.

As of now, Heptullah has invited the BJP and its allies to form the government in the state. The oath taking ceremony of the new chief minister of the state is to take place on March 15.

N Biren Singh has been unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party, and is like to be the new chief minister of the state.

March 15, 2017

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