The Manipur Assembly election will take place in two phases from February 27 to March 3, the Election Commission announced on Saturday. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
For first phase, the issuance of notification would be February 1 and last date of nomination would be February 8. Last date of withdrawal of candidature would be February 11.
For second phase, the issuance of notification would be February 4 and last date of nomination would be February 11. Last date of withdrawal of candidature would be February 16.
In the 2017 Manipur Assembly election, the BJP allied with three regional parties — National People’s Party, Naga People’s Front and Lok Janshakti Party. Though the Congress was the single-largest party with 28 seats, the BJP and its allies managed to reach the majority mark of 31. Follow Assembly election 2022 LIVE Updates
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who quit the Congress in 2016 to join the BJP, would look for a second term in office. However, there are reports of growing discontent in the state BJP against Biren Singh. The chief minister, along with state minister Biswajit Singh and Manipur BJP chief A Sharda Devi, were summoned by the party high command in October 2021 to address the issues within the state unit.
The Congress, on the other hand, is facing serious troubles before the polls. Many of the party’s MLAs have switched over to the BJP in the last five years, including Govindas Konthoujam, the former state Congress unit chief.
Seasoned Congress leader and former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh is likely to be the face of the party this time as well.
Input: India Today