Manipur Assembly Election Results Leads 2017 Live Updates: Blow to Ibobi Singh BJP stakes claim to form government

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New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2017 10:09:40 PM

Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 results were out on Saturday. The BJP and Congress were locked in a close contest for power in the state but neither of them could reach the 31 seat mark needed to get a majority in the 60-member Assembly.

Okram Ibobi Singh (IE)

Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 results were out on Saturday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) were locked in a close contest for power in the state but neither of them could reach the 31 seat mark needed to get a majority in the 60-member Assembly. According to yesterday’s result, Congress party led in 28 constituencies while, BJP in 21, Naga People’s Front won 4 seats while NPP won 4 seats. Surprisingly, Irom Sharmila’s PRJA could not secure a single seat and the activist, who had fasted for 16 long years for Manipur’s cause, was left isolated. Now that after the results are out, the suspense is about the next CM. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the party will muster support to get numbers required to form the government in Manipur. State Congress chief TN Haokip said the party is looking to form the next government with the help of “like- minded” secular and regional parties”.

Here are live updates of Manipur election 2017 results:

10 : 08 PM: One MLA of Congress, the lone Trinamool Congress legislator join BJP. Now BJP has 32 MLAs: Himanta Biswa Sarma

9: 54 PM: Piyush Goyal and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe are observers for Manipur: Union Minister JP Nadda

9: 06 PM: BJP MLAs and its supporting MLAs meet Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla


8: 20 PM:  Congress MLA Shyamkumar Singh from Andro assembly constituency, Manipur defects from Congress; joins BJP, reports ANI.

7: 29 PM:  NPP Presiden, Conrad Sangma, says, “National Peoples’ Party is in alliance with BJP at the Centre; was natural for us to work with them in Manipur too.”

7: 14 PM: BJP is close to form a government in Manipur, confirms National General Secretary of the BJP Ram Madhav

7: 00 PM: BJP close to forming government in Manipur; NPP announces support to BJP

6 : 40 PM:  National Peoples’ Party leaders meet BJP leaders

5: 24 PM: BJP seeks appointment with Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla

5: 05 PM: BJP stakes claim to form government in the state.

4: 55 PM: In Manipur BJP vote share grew from a mere 2% to 36.3%. Congress got 35%. Yet It got 7 seats more. BJP lost at least 3 seats with small margin

4 : 30 PM:  Congress leader CP Joshi reaches Imphal to meet Congress members.

4: 16 PM:  Congress mulling options to form government in Manipur

4: 00 PM: “We need 31 seats to stake claim. By tomorrow morning we should be able to give you the numbers”, says Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP

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3: 40 PM: BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav today said the party will gather support to form the government in Manipur. He added “The BJP has already got some support and hopes for cooperation of others as well to get the numbers required to form the government in Manipur.”

3: 15 PM:  Party spokesperson Debabrata says the Congress is firming up its numbers and it will stake claim very soon. The Congress has invited all non-BJP and non-NPF Mlas to join the government, he added.

2: 25 PM: Congress to claim majority in Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh will meet the governor tomorrow

2: 00 PM: Okram Ibobi Singh elected as leader of Congress legislature party

12: 40 PM: Congress have got 28 seats whereas BJP has secured 21 seats in the Manipur assembly elections and they both are trying to get backing from splinter parties

12: 30 PM: Irom Sharmila’s battle against AFSA lasted for almost 17 years but her crushing loss in Manipur yesterday where she failed to get more than 100 votes show that probably AFSA isn’t even a issue for the people. However, another reason for her less could be that she wasn’t contesting from a major party and couldn’t have formed the government in any case.

12: 10 PM: Shekhar Gupta says that there was 86% voting, 95 % seats were bagged by Congress and BJP and just 51 votes for Sharmila and AFSPA

11.30 AM: With Manipur heading for State Congress chief T.N. Haokip says the party is looking to form the next government with the help of “like- minded secular and regional parties”, PTI reported. Neither the Congress nor the BJP has reached the 31-seat mark needed to establish a majority in the 60-member assembly. The Congress has won or is leading in 28 constituencies, and the BJP in 21.

10:40 AM: Irom Sharmila decided to quit politics after not even getting 100 votes in the assembly polls. She is famously known for her 17-year long hunger strike. Here’s a video on her struggle.


7: 54pm:  Results for all 60 constituencies have come in. Final figure: BJP-21, INC-28, Naga People’s Front-4, NPP-4

7:43pm: After Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP extended support to BJP, Naga People’s Front has said that  it will support a non-Congress government, reveal sources. With that statement coming from Naga People’s Front, BJP now is in a better position to make government in Manipur.

7:38pm:  Naga People’s Front likely to support non-Congress government, say sources.

7: 00pm: Indian National Congress has won 26 seats in state while BJP has won 20. Naga Peoples Front and National People’s Party have won 4 seats each, Lok Jan Shakti Party has won 1 seat.

6:40pm: Ram Vilas Paswan has said that Lok Janshakti Party’s lone MLA, Karam Shyam who has won from the Langthabal constituency will support Bhartiya Janata Party. “The LJP candidate from Manipur Karam Shyam has won the election and he will support the BJP. In Manipur, the LJP will support the BJP,” the LJP chief tweeted.

6: 27 pm:  Counting for Manipur Elections 2017 has almost come to a close. This is how the figures look like.

Source: Election Commission

6:22 pm: Current trends show Indian National Congress five seats ahead of Bhartiya Janata Party.

6: 09 pm:  After a humiliating defeat Irom Sharmila has decided to quit politics, reports news agency PTI.

5:39 pm:  Congress four seats ahead of Bhartiya Janata Party, NPF – 4, NPP-4

5:23 pm: Latest Trends | BJP wins 20, Cong 23, NCP 4, NPF 3, LJP 1, AITC 1 & Independent 1

5:02 pm:  As BJP and Congress are aiming for the top slot in the state, it seems that Manipur is headed towards a hung assembly. While this is a big setback for the Congress, for the BJP it is anything but. In fact, this is so far the best performance BJP has ever put up in the state. After winning the general elections in 2014, the saffron party gradually started to spread its wings in the North East. The party was able to win hearts en masse, a successful example of which was Assam elections where the party was able to form the government. The party was not able to win a single seat in Manipur five year ago and this is by far one of the biggest comebacks ever.

4: 48 pm:  This is how people are reacting to the close fight between Indian National Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party.

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4:38 pm:  Amit Shah thanks PM Narendra Modi for his leadership. Smriti Irani gives credit to Act East Policy.

4:22 pm:  Latest Trends : BJP wins 18, Congress at 21, LJP 1, NPF 3, NPP 3

4:00 pm:  An in-depth analysis of the on poll outcomes.

3: 53 pm: So far, results for 38 seats has been declared. According to the latest trends, Congress has taken a lead. BJP is not far behind from the much popular CM Okram Ibobi’s party.

3: 40 pm: Former Congress minister and BJP candidate N Biren Singh wins by 1206 votes in Heingang, reports PTI.

3: 38 pm:  BJP President Amit Shah says that Bhartiya Janata Party will form government in Manipur. He also said that this ‘historic mandate’ will give a new direction to country’s politics. Giving all the credits to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah said that this massive victory for BJP is a result of Prime Minister’s leadership.

3: 32 pm: Congress leader Rajkumar Imo Singh defeats BJP’s Dr K Loken Singh.

3: 16 pm: Latest trends :BJP 17, Cong 16, NPF 3, Others 4

3:00 pm: Here’s a roundup

2: 57 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party wins 14 seats and is leading in 6 constituencies whereas Congress is leading in 6 constituencies.

2: 37 pm: Huge blow for BJP as state president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh trailing from Nambol.

2: 29 pm: BJP is giving a Congress a tough fight. Considering the fact that Congress has reigned in Manipur, the situation seems embarrassing for Okram Singh Ibobi. BJP’s Thongam Biswajit Singh, Salam Joy Singh and Pukhrem Sharatchandra Singh are leading from Thongju, Wangoi and Moirang districts respectively. Where as Congress’ Yengkhom Surchandra Singh, Kangujam Ranjit Singh and Thoudam Debendra Singh are leading from Kakching, Sugnu and Jiribam.

2:21 pm: Latest trends: BJP wins 15, Congress 14, NPF- 3, Others 4

2:16 pm:  This is how the figures look like:

Source: EC

2:00pm: BJP’s L Susindro wins from Irom Sharmila’s hometown, defeats Congress N Bijoy Singh by a margin of 2000 votes.

1:51pm: Latest Trends – BJP wins 13, Congress 13, NPF- 3, Others 3

1: 44pm: With V Hangkhanlian, BJP has won its fifth seat in the state.

1:34pm: Latest trends: BJP-10; Congress-10; NPF-3; Others-3.

1: 20pm:  Irom Sharmila has said that she will never contest elections again, reports Indian Express. According to sources, the activist who was on hunger strike for 16 years to protesting against AFSPA broke down after she lost to Congress’ Okram Singh Ibobi from Thoubal district. Sharmila after breaking her fast had launched her party and was expecting much support from the people of Manipur but it seems that the people of Manipur are not in for a change yet. According to the lastest trends, Congress and BJP are neck to neck.

1: 15pm: Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh wins BJP another seat from Lamsangm. Congress’ D. Korungthang wins from Chandel Constituency.

1: 13 pm: Latest trends show Bhartiya Janata Party show has won 8 seats and is leading in 12 where as Congress has won 10 seats and is leading with 15. Naga People’s Front has also bagged 3 seats and other parties have won 4 seats.

12: 30pm:  After taking an initial lead BJP’s figures look grim whereas Congress’ figures show a good picture. However, what is surprising is that candidates from Naga People’s Front have also won a few seats and have beaten candidates from major political parties in the state.

12: 25pm: Here are the latest trends from the state.

12:20pm:  Contrary to what is happening in the rest of states, Congress is going strong in Manipur. The party has recorded its eighth seat and as of now, has left BJP behind.

12: 15pm: Congress has won its fifth seat in the state. In Bishnupur, Congress’ Konthoujam Govindas has won against BJP’s K krishna Kumar Singh. Govindas has won with a margin of 5278 votes.

12:05 pm:  Here is how BJP is celebrating its lead.

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12: 02 pm: Congress seals fourth seat from Tipaimukh (st) with Congress’ Dr. Chaltonlien Amo defeating BJP’s Lallukhum Fimate. Surprisingly, NPF’s K Leishiyo has beaten BJP’s Somi Awungshi by more than 4000 votes in Phungyar (st) constituency.

12:00 midday: Congress wins another seat with Muhammad Abdul Nasir.

11:56 am: K Joykisan Singh wins from Thangmeiband and has beaten Jyotin Waikhom by 157 votes. Both the parties have now won two seats each.

11: 48 am: Heikam Dingo Singh from Bhartiya Janata Party has won against Congress’ K Devendro Singh with a margin of over 2000 votes.

11:42 am: According to Election Commission, Irom Sharmila’s party PRJA could only secure 90 votes in Thoubal constituency. The activist was fighting against Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. Sharmila had broken her 16 year long fast to fight against centre’s AFSPA act.

11:30 am:  In its bid to win the hearts of people in the North East, BJP has been quite vocal and has been campiagning aggressively in the state. This is what BJP’s Amit Shah said while addressing a gathering in the state.

11:27 am: Although Congress is giving a tough fight to BJP in Manipur, the party is nowhere close to competition in Uttar Pradesh. The saffron party has taken a huge lead in UP and has left behind all the other major parties.

11: 20 am:  Check out what trends mean for the major parties:

11: 14am: Bhartiya Janata Party’s Rajam Singh has won from Konthoujam seat and has left behind K Sharat Singh with a massive gap of 4000 votes.

11:10 am: In Uripok, Former DGP of Manipur, NPP candidate Yumnam Jokkumar Singh leading with 5787 votes. L Jayantakumar Singh leading in Keishamthong district with over 1000 votes, reports Indian Express.

11:07am: Latest Trends from Manipur

10:57 am: Naga People’s Front (NPF) and National People’s Party (NPP) are ahead in two seats each and an independent candidate in one seat, trends from 17 out of 60 member Assembly seats show.

10:51 am:  Here’s a quick round up

10:43am: BJP leading in 13, Congress in 11. Saffron party seems to be giving a tough fight to Congress. Congress was swept by BJP in 2014 elections but it seems that people continue to invest their trust in CM Okram Ibobi Singh.

10:30am: Activist Irom Sharmila had been fasting for past 16 years against AFSPA, an act which allows centre to deploy special forces in the state. Sharmila’s party PRJA was debuting in the state elections this time and has lost against long time CM Okram Ibobi Singh. Despite Irom Sharmila’s continuous allegations he has managed to defeat her in Thoubal district.

10: 20 am: Irom Sharmila loses in Thoubal to Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh

10: 16 am:  Emerging numbers reveal a neck to neck fight between the two major parties. Congress-12; BJP-11; Others 5; Irom Sharmila’s PRJA -0

10: 10 am: Saffron Party started to establish its roots in the North East after it came to power in 2014. With its win in Assam in 2016, the party is confident of spreading its wings in the other eastern states. A win in Manipur will be a huge blow for Congress which has ruled in the state for 3 terms in a row.

10:06 am: BJP takes lead in Chandel(st) and Wangoi districts. Congress and BJP have left Irom Sharmila’s PRJA far behind.  

10:05 am: BJP is leading from 11 out of 60 member assembly in one of the most talked about Manipur elections. Manipur has not been up for a change since more than a decade and with BJP leading, it is a huge psychological win for Bhatiya Janata Party.

9:40 am:  A record turnout was seen at Manipur elections this time around. Despite the fact that several districts had to go for re polling, people have come out in great numbers to cast their vote.

9:35 am: Congress has reigned in Manipur since 15 years and with BJP leading in the early trends it is not unclear if the people of Manipur are mesmerised by Narendra Modi’s charisma and will vote for his party or if they will choose Irom Sharmila’s PRJA and support her in her cause. It could also be that Congress converts its vote into a being victory as predicted in the exit polls.

Here’s a quick round-up for election results across the five states:

9: 30am:  BJP-9; Congress – 7; Others at 4. It’s a close fight between BJP and Congress. BJP seems to be giving a tough fight to long term rulling party Congress. Unfortunately, Irom Sharmila’s PRJA is continuing to trail.

9:20 am: More numbers have emerged from the North East state. The figure stands at 8 for BJP while Congress stands at 6. Figures for ‘others”stands at 2.

9:15 am:  Visuals of Ram Madhav addressing a public meeting in Kakching district on before the last phase of Manipur elections on 8th of March.

9:10 am:  BJP- 7; Congress- 6 Irom Sharmila’s PRJA trailing

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9:00 am:  Irom Chanu Sharmila says she is not much affected by the exit poll result.

8:55 am: Irom Sharmila talking about the exit polls today said “What we really need to be is the power to bring the change and make the difference from dark to light. In case of my defeat, I want to try in 2019 election,”.

8:50am: Irom Sharmila’s PRJA has posted party’s visuals. This is how the state looks

8:45am: After great success in Assam assembly elections recently, today’s election will show whether the BJP will be able to break into yet another Congress bastion, this time in Manipur.

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8: 38am:  The trends show that Irom Sharmila who is doing a debut at state elections today is trailing in the state. Irom Sharmila, while casting her vote in the first phase of elections had said that she is confident of her win. If Congress wins the elections this time around it would be their 4th term in a row.

8: 34am: Early numbers show Congress leading in 1 seat; ‘others’ in one seat.

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8: 25am:  Counting is taking place across 11 venues for 60 member house.

8: 20am: Elections in the state were held in the state on 4th and 8th of March, CEO V K Dewangan today said that despite logistical difficulties due to the ongoing economic blockade elections were completed smoothly.

8: 15am:  Here are a few visuals from the counting in Manipur

8: 10am: For 60 Assembly seats in Manipur, C- Voter has given 25 to 31 seats to BJP, 17 to 23 seats to Congress. While India today- Axis has given majority to Congress with 30 to 36 seats and 16 to 22 seats to BJP, says news agency ANI.

8: 05 am: Okram Ibobi expressing confidence said “I am hopeful that the people of Manipur will give a clear mandate to our party. We are confident of getting a clear majority this time. We will win anywhere between 40 and 42 seats,”.

8: 02 am: The counting of votes is being taken up at eleven centres.

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8:00 am: Counting of votes begins in all five states.

7:40 am: With not much time left for the election counting to start, political parties across the five states are showing much confidence. National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav, while addressing a gathering at Tripura had said that “Like all parts of India, a BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) wave has gripped the entire northeastern region. He also said that people want BJP government for good governance.

7:20 am:  Irom Sharmila ahead of Manipur election results

7:15 am: Lunghar village : Old women of Ukhrul district in Manipur take rest after casting their votes.

07:00 am: The counting will take place amid tight security.

06:45 am: Irom Sharmila cast her vote at Khurai constituency on fourth of March and had said that she is confident of her victory. The results today will reveal if the Iron Lady of Manipur has been able to gather people’s support.

06: 30 am: Okram Ibobi is eyeing around 40-42 seats this time around. BJP is expected to put in its kitty 25-31 seats.

06:15 am: Okram Ibobi has been the Chief Minister of the state for the past 15 years, talking about elections in the state he had said that he is hopeful that the people of Manipur will give him a clear majority.

06:00 am: Counting for Manipur Elections will start at 8 am today. It would be a three cornered fight with Irom Sharmila’s party going for the elections for the first time.

The electorate of the state comprised of 19,02,562 male and 9,73,989 female voters. The state saw 45,642 new electorates this year. The state witnessed a record-breaking turnout of 86%, the highest percentage recorded since 2009 General Elections. Except a few stray instances of violence, the elections were conducted peacefully. Re-polling had to be done in 34 polling stations spread over three districts of the state on March 9. Congress’ Okram Ibobi Singh has ruled in Manipur for 15 years.

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