Manipur polls 2017: CM Okram Ibobi, Irom Sharmila file nominations

Eyeing for a fourth term in office, the three-time chief minister of the state Ibobi said that the Congress party will get absolute majority in this polls.

Manipur polls 2017: CM Okram Ibobi, Irom Sharmila file nominations

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and activist-turned-politician Irom Sharmila have filed their nomination paper to the Returning Officer of Thoubal District Election Officer on Friday.

Eyeing for a fourth term in office, the three-time chief minister of the state Ibobi said that the Congress party will get absolute majority in this polls.

Speaking to reporters, Ibobi said. "The ruling Congress shall win absolute majority in the non-Naga areas. There are 10 seats in the constituencies dominated by the Nagas. We are hoping to bag at least half."


"We (Congress) will get 2/3rd seats in this election”, he said. “In Naga dominated area there are 10 seats and among these we are getting not more than 50%.”

Sharmila, who ended her 16-year-long fast protesting AFSPA, reached Thoubal on her bicycle, covering a distance of 20 km from Imphal.

Sharmila and her party, People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), which is making an electoral debut this year, are hoping to bring a "change" in political scenario of the state.

Voting for the 60-member Manipur Assembly will take place in two phases on March 4 and March 8 respectively, results for which will be declared on March 11.

In the last Assembly election 2012, the Congress had won 42 seats and Okram Ibobi Singh was re-elected as the chief minister.