Congress emerged as Single Largest Party in Manipur although BJP has an edge to gain power

North eastern state of Manipur witnessed strong fight between BJP and Congress. BJP did well by winning 21 seats out of 60 in Manipur which has been historically dominated by Congress over the years. Notably, BJP won highest percentage of votes at 36.3% indicating impressiveness of its performance. However, Congress still manage to become single largest party with 28 seats which is just 3 short of majority mark to retain the power.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh again led from the front to continue dominance of Congress. He would become CM of Manipur for 4th consecutive time if he manages to cross majority mark. All India Trinmool Congress which got 1 seat may extend its support to Congress taking the tally to 29!

BJP on the other hand became important factor in Manipur thanks to increased focus of Narendra Modi led government on North East. Also, many important leaders from Congress switched sides to BJP in last 2 years. BJP is also trying to get majority mark so that it can get CM’s post first time in Manipur. Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP already announced that its one MLA would support BJP. Also, Naga Peoples Front (NPF) who won 4 seats is an BJP ally in Nagaland and would support Saffron party in Manipur as well. As a result, BJP has total tally of 26 MLAs in Manipur.

National People's Party (NPP) is the king maker in Manipur as it has 4 MLAs which can decide the fate of power. NPP founded by P.A. Sangma is most likely to help BJP as it is a part of National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Thus tally of BJP can touch 30 with one independent MLA Ashab Uddin from Jiribam becoming precious!

Whoever may form the government in Manipur; trend is certainly helping BJP to improve its presence in the North East region. People of Manipur would certainly hope for peace and prosperity in coming years to improve their lives.

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