Opposition BJP is leading in three Assembly constituencies of Manipur and the Congress is ahead in two constituencies after the first round of counting, Election Commission officials said. Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh (INC) is leading over Leitanthem Basanta Singh (BJP) in Thoubal Assembly seat by over 2000votes. Human rights activist Irom Sharmila of PRJA is trailing behind by securing just 26 votes in Thoubal.
While the BJP is leading in Konthoujam, Chandel and Thangmeiband, the Congress is leading in Lilong. The Naga People’s Front is leading in Mao (ST) Assembly seat. Elections to the 60-member Manipur Assembly were held in two phases on March 4 and 8. The Counting of votes for 60 seats in the Manipur Assembly began at 8 AM in 11 venues spread across the state.
The entire state has been put under tight security blanket and prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed near all counting halls, officials said. Elections in the state were held in two phases on March 4 and 8. Both phases witnessed record voting of 84 and 89 per cent respectively. Chief Electoral Officer V K Dewangan said despite logistical difficulties due to the ongoing economic blockade elections were completed smoothly.