Manipur polls 2017: Campaigning ends for state Assembly elections phase 1

The election is seen as a major test for 3-time Chief Minister of the state, Okram Ibobi-led Congress government in the state.

Manipur polls 2017: Campaigning ends for state Assembly elections phase 1

After heated war-of-wars and mounting petty allegations, campaigning for the first of the 2 phase Manipur poll 2017, for 38 constituencies, ended at 3 pm on Thursday.

The election is seen as a major test for 3-time Chief Minister of the state, Okram Ibobi-led Congress government in the state.

38 Assembly seats out of 60, covering both the Imphal valley and the hills, will go to the polls in the first phase.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were the star campaigners in the first phase, all of whom addressed multiple rallies in different parts of the state.

During the campaigning of the first phase, there were bitter exchanges between the Congress and the BJP over the ongoing economic blockade in the state and the Naga Peace Accord.

The Congress accused the BJP of "compromising with the territorial integrity" of Manipur, an allegation the saffron party has vociferously denied.

In August, 2015, the Naga Peace Accord also called the "framework agreement", was signed between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Centre.

Since November 1, 2016, United Naga Council, an umbrella body of Naga organisations, have been imposing indefinite blockade in two lifeline highways of the state, causing immense hardship to the people as the supply of essential commodities, especially fuel, in the land-locked state has choked.

The blockade has been imposed on Manipur's "lifelines" — national highways 2 and 37, in protest against the state government's decision to carve out seven new districts from the existing ones.

The second and final phase of the Manipur polls 2017 is scheduled on 8 March and the results will be declared on 11 March.