As the Manipur Assembly elections underwent polling in 38 constituencies in the first phase on March 4, all eyes are now on the second phase where voting will happen on the remaining 22 constituencies of the state. Fate of as many as 98 candidates are in the fray, major parties including Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were seen campaigning for their respective parties with full throttle. During the first phase of Assembly polls, a total of 1,643 polling stations were set up in areas spread over Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and the hill districts of Churachandpur and Kangpokpi amidst tight security arrangements. While the ruling Congress is trying its best to retain governance in the state, BJP too is doing every bit to reach out to the minority voters including Manipuri Muslims. The minority sections constitute about 10 per cent of the state’s 19 lakh electorates. Out of the 22 seats that will go to polls in the second phase on March 8, Muslim votes are going to influence at least 6 of these constituencies in the Thoubal district alone.
The state has seen a hectic poll season with many star campaigners from major parties addressing multiple rallies and roadshows. There were also some bitter exchange of words between the Congress and BJP over the ongoing economic blockade in the state.
Heingang is constituency No. 2 of Manipur legislative assembly. It is situated in Imphal East district and comes under Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open assembly constituency.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, Heingang assembly constituency has 28,494 registered voters out of which 13,923 are male and 14,571 are female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Economic growth, infrastructure and employment are some key issues in this constituency.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 assembly elections, Congress won this constituency by a convincing margin of 2,082 votes. N. Biren from Congress bagged a total of 11,872 votes followed by Naoroibam Ratan (Kapu) Meetei of NCP who got 9,790 votes. The total voter turnout was 86.38 per cent.
Who are the competing candidates
Nongthombam Biren Singh (BJP), Naoroibam Ratan Meetei Kapu (Congress), Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh (AITC) and Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh (IND).
Why this constituency is important?
This constituency seems to be one of the most unpredictable one will none of the party claiming to form government here. With parties including BJP and the Congress failing to lure voters here, small parties and independent candidates might get advantage in the polls.