Will Manipur halt BJP’s forward march in the north-east?

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Will Manipur halt BJP’s forward march in the north-east?

The north-eastern state of Manipur would go to polls on 4th and 8th of March. Will Manipur also go to the BJP after its amazing victory in Assam a year ago and revolt by the party against the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh?

On the basis of it, the chances couldn’t be higher. The ruling congress party holds more than 70% of the 60 seats in the assembly. The incumbent chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, has ruled continuous for a long time. Since 1963, Manipur has had 11 chief ministers, five of whom have been from the Congress. The congress’s vote share in the 2012 assembly elections was the highest since 1984.

As a Matter of fact, even during the Modi wave of 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress figured out how to improve its vote share in thirty three assembly constituencies in the state.


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