New Delhi. Manipur elections will be held in 22 constituencies for 6 districts for the second phase today. 92 candidates are trying their luck in these seats. According to the Election Commission, there are 8,47,400 voters in these seats, including 4,18,401 males, 4,28,968 females, and 31 transgenders. The state’s ruling BJP has fielded candidates in all 22 seats, while the Congress (INC) has 18, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Naga People’s Front (NPF) 10 each, the National People’s Party 11. (NPP), Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 2 each, Republican Party of India-Athawale (RPI-A) three candidates are in the fray.
Several smaller parties in Manipur are also trying to fit themselves into the electoral math. Among them are Lok Janshakti Party-Ram Vilas (LJP-R), Kuki People’s Alliance (KPA), and Kuki National Assembly (KPA). A total of 1,247 polling stations have been set up for the second phase. Of the six auxiliary polling stations, four are in Thoubal and two others in Churachandpur. Thoubal with the highest number of constituencies (10 AC) has 395 polling stations. Of the 92 candidates, Y Romita of CPI (Kakching AC) and SS Olish of BJP (Chandel AC) are the only women candidates.
election corruption issue
For the second phase of elections in Manipur, both the big parties had given their full strength. Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi campaigned while BJP’s PM Narendra Modi held a virtual rally in Thoubal earlier this week. At the same time, Home Minister Amit Shah also addressed many election public meetings in Manipur. In his rally, PM Modi had said about the allegations of corruption against Congress’ Okram Ibobi Singh that ‘when Congress was in power in the state, their main leader was called ‘Mr 10 percent’. At the same time, Home Minister Amit Shah also campaigned for the BJP in the Thoubal district. He told a rally in Herok, the only constituency won by the BJP in Thoubal, that in the last 15 years there was only one start-up in Manipur – the start-up of the Gandhi family. Now, we have helped more than 5000 start-ups in Manipur, and Modi Ji has given a subsidy of Rs.66 crores for this.
Violent clashes before elections
Violent clashes are reported in Manipur just before the elections. According to the report, there was a clash between the workers of BJP and Congress. Many workers were also injured in this incident. There are also reports of damage to vehicles. Around 13 vehicles have been damaged. After getting the information, the police reached the spot and removed the people who were spreading nuisance from there. At present, the situation in the area remains tense. The Election Commission is also monitoring the situation.