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February 24, 2017 12:27 PM
The issue of ‘Extra-judicial killing’ in Manipur have come up again Congress ahead of the Manipur assembly elections. The Central Bureau..... Read More
February 24, 2017 12:26 PM
First Muslim woman candidate of Manipur  Najima Bibi has said that she would fight against domestic violence and work for the upliftment of Mus..... Read More
February 24, 2017 12:22 PM
Union minister Jitendra Singh has criticized the Okram Ibobi Singh’s  Congress government for lack of development in Manipur. H..... Read More
February 24, 2017 12:18 PM
Irom Sharmila’s PRJA party has released its election manifesto for the upcoming Manipur election. The party is contesting only three seats. Er..... Read More
February 24, 2017 12:17 PM
Political parties in Manipur are resorting to to traditional Manipuri practice of 'Athenpot Thinba'. In this ceremony gifts especially ..... Read More

Quick facts for Manipur Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies2
Assembly Constituencies 60
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyTrinamool Congress
Chief MinisterShri Okram Ibobi Singh
GovernorDr. Najma A. Heptulla
Chief Electoral OfficerOinam Nabakishore Singh
AddressManipur Secretariat( North Block) West Block, Room No 220 Imphal 795001

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Manipur Assembly Elections 2017 Dates

Poll Event Phase-1 (38 ACs) Phase-1 (38 ACs)
Date of Notification07.02.2017 (TUE)09.02.2017 (THU)
Last Date of Making Nomination14.02.2017 (TUE)16.02.2017 (THU)
Scrutiny of Nominations 16.02.2017 (THU)17.02.2017 (FRI)
Withdrawal of Candidature18.02.2017 (SAT)20.02.2017 (MON)
Date of Poll04.03.2017 (SAT)08.03.2017 (WED)
Date of Counting 11.03.2017 (SAT) 11.03.2017 (SAT)
Date of Completion 15.03.2017 (WED) 15.03.2017 (WED)

Manipur Assembly Elections 2017

The state of Manipur in northeast is going to polls on March 4, 2017 and March 8, 2017. The term of the current Legislative Assembly expires on 18 March 2017. The last state assembly election in Manipur was held in 2012. The Congress won 42 seats and Okram Ibobi Singh was re-elected as the chief minister. In 2014, the Manipur State Congress Party and its five sitting MLAs also joined the ruling Congress, taking the Congress tally in the Assembly to 47.

It is indeed a tough time for the state as the state is witnessing economic blockade by the United Naga Council (UNC). Recently a decision was taken to create seven new districts in the state the UNC is against this decision and protesting with a blockade which has paralyzed the state for more than three months now.

The central government along with the state government has failed to resolve the deadlock and the talks with UNC have failed which is adamant in its demand. Meanwhile, the state of Manipur is witnessing campaigning by major parties. Interestingly UNC is also fighting on the 15 seats in the state. The Congress, the BJP, People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Naga People’s Front (NPF) are the main political parties in the fray. Present 60-member legislative assembly is dominated by the congress while the BJP is making all efforts to dislodge the present dispensation of the congress.

The rights activist Irom Sharmila who was on indefinite fast unto death against imposition of Army act last year broke her fast and went on to launch her own political party called People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) which is fighting 10 seats. Sharmila often called the iron lady went on hunger strike after Malom massacre. Her basic demand was to the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). The Manipur election is being fought mainly on the issue of law and order situation in the state along with the rights of the indigenous people. The development of the state is also an issue here.

Key Electoral Issues

Implementation of strict law and order, protection of indigenous people’s rights, unemployment and development of the state are key electoral issues.

About Manipur Elections

Initially the state was a Union Territory. In 1963, the government of Union Territories Act established a Legislative Assembly of 30 elected and 3 nominated members in the Union Territory. The political situation in Manipur was unstable in the late sixties with secessionist and insurgent groups active in the state. The Legislative assembly was dissolved and President's rule imposed in the state. The Union Territory was now administered by a Lt Governor.

On January 21, 1972 Manipur became a full- fledged state of the Indian Union. Since then, it has held elections for ten state assemblies interspersed with frequent imposition of President's Rule. There are a number of ethnic tribal communities in Manipur, with the Meities the largest and Kuki, Nagas and Hmars the smaller groups. There is reservation for the scheduled tribes in the state assembly as well as in the Lok Sabha. According to the 2011 census the population of the state is 27,21,756. The number of voters is 17,41,581. Manipur is one of the few states with a 97 % coverage of photo electoral rolls.

The State has a unicameral legislature. There is only one house in legislative assembly of 60 elected members. Out of the 60 assembly seats, 20 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 1 for Scheduled Castes. The state has two Lok Sabha seats and one Rajya Sabha seat in the Indian Parliament. Shri Rishang Keishing of the INC is the state representative to the Rajya Sabha of the current Indian Parliament. Dr T Meinya Singh and Shri Thangso Baite represent Manipur in the Lok sabha.

The main political parties in the state are the Indian National Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Communist party of India. In 1968 the Manipur People's Party was formed and it won seats in 2007 assembly elections. The BJP has won the inner Manipur Lok sabha seat consistently since 1995 till it lost to the INC in 2004. The INC has formed the state government since 2002. It won the last assembly elections in 2012.

Political Parties in Manipur

The Indian National Congress (INC) The Bharatiya Janata Party The Communist Party of India
The Rashtriya Janata Dal The Nationalist Congress Party

The main regional political parties are :
Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party Manipur State Congress party Lok Jan Shakti Party
All India Trinamool Congress Manipur People's Party (MPP) Federal Party of Manipur
Manipur National Conference Naga People's Front National People's Party (India)
Nikhil Manipuri Mahasabha

Constituencies In Manipur

Manipur has two parliamentary constituencies; Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur. The outer Manipur constituency is reserved for Scheduled tribe candidate. The INC has consistently won the reserved constituency but the BJP has won the inner Manipur constituency from 1995 to 1999.
The Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency has 32 legislative assembly seats. The Outer Manipur has 28 legislative assembly seats.

Some of the legislative Assembly constituencies in Outer Manipur are Heirok, Kakching, Khangabo, Jiribam, Thanlon, Tengnoupal, Tamenglong, and Singhat. Some of the constituencies in Inner Manipur are Khundrakpam, Andro, Wangkhei, Lamlai, Sagolband, Lamsang, Wangoi, Nambol, Mayang Imphal, Kumbi, and Thoubal.

State Legislative Assembly

Manipur has had a stable government since 2002 with the INC in power. The last state assembly elections were held in 2012. The INC trounced all to win 42 out of 60 seats; the All India Trinamool Congress won 7 and the MPP won 4. Shri Okram Ibobi Singh of the INC became the Chief Minister for his third term. Smt Y Indira Devi is the Secretary of the state Legislative Assembly. Krishan Kant Paul is the Governor of the state.

Manipur Assembly Election Results:

List of Chief Ministers of Manipur

The first Chief Minister of Manipur, which was earlier aUnionTerritory, was Mairembam Koireng Singh, who assumed office on 1 July 1963. Manipur acquired the status of a state in 1972. Mohammed Alimuddin became Chief Minsiter of the state on 2 23 March 1972. Okram Ibobi Singh is the current Chief Minister of Manipur, who assumed office on 14 March 2012. The entire list of CMs is given below:
S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Okram Ibobi SinghMar 14, 2012PresentINC
2Okram Ibobi SinghMar 2, 2007Mar 13, 2012INC
3Okram Ibobi SinghMar 7, 2002Mar 1, 2007INC
4President's ruleJun 2, 2001Mar 6, 2002 
5Radhabinod KoijamFeb 15, 2001Jun 1, 2001SAP
6Wahengbam Nipamacha SinghDec 16, 1997Feb 14, 2001MSCP
7Rishang KeishingDec 14, 1994Dec 15, 1997INC
8President's ruleDec 31, 1993Dec 13, 1994 
9Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghApr 8, 1992Apr 10, 1993INC
10President's ruleJan 7, 1992Apr 7, 1992 
11Raj Kumar Ranbir SinghFeb 23, 1990Jan 6, 1992MRP
12Raj Kumar Jaichandra SinghMar 4, 1988Feb 22, 1990INC
13Rishang KeishingJun 19, 1981Mar 3, 1988INC(I)
14President's ruleFeb 28, 1981Jun 18, 1981 
15Rishang KeishingNov 27, 1980Feb 27, 1981INC
16Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghJan 14, 1980Nov 26, 1980INC
17President's ruleNov 14, 1979Jan 13, 1980 
18Yangmasho ShaizaJun 29, 1977Nov 13, 1979JNP
19President's ruleMay 16, 1977Jun 28, 1977 
20Raj Kumar Dorendra SinghDec 6, 1974May 15, 1977INC
21Yangmasho ShaizaJul 10, 1974Dec 5, 1974MHU
22Mohammed AlimuddinMar 4, 1974Jul 9, 1974MPP
23President's ruleMar 28, 1973Mar 3, 1974 
24Mohammed AlimuddinMar 23, 1972Mar 27, 1973MPP
25President's ruleOct 17, 1969Mar 22, 1972 
26Mairembam Koireng SinghFeb 19, 1968Oct 16, 1969INC
27President's ruleOct 25, 1967Feb 18, 1968 
28Longjam Thambou SinghOct 13, 1967Oct 24, 1967Manipur United Front
29Mairembam Koireng SinghMar 20, 1967Oct 4, 1967INC
30President's ruleJan 12, 1967Mar 19, 1967 
31Mairembam Koireng SinghJul 1, 1963Jan 11, 1967INC

List of Governors of Manipur

B.K. Nehru was the first Governor of the state, who assumed office on 21 January 1972. The current governor is Syed Ahmed, who took office on May 16, 2015. The entire list of Governors is given below:
S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Dr. Najma A. HeptullaAug 17, 2016Present
2Shri V. ShanmuganathanSep 30, 2015Aug 17, 2016
3Syed Ahmed May 16, 2015Sep 27, 2015(Died)
4Krishan Kant PaulDec 30, 2014May 13, 2015
5Shri Vinod Kumar DuggalDec 31, 2013Dec 30, 2014
6Ashwani KumarJul 23, 2013Dec 31, 2013
7Gurbachan JagatJul 23, 2008Jul 22, 2013
8Shivinder Singh SidhuAug 6, 2004Jul 22, 2008
9Arvind DaveJun 13, 2003Aug 5, 2004
10Ved MarwahDec 2, 1999Jun 12, 2003
11O. N. ShrivastavaDec 23, 1994Feb 11, 1999
12V.K. NayarAug 31, 1993Dec 22, 1994
13K. V. Raghunatha ReddyMar 20, 1993Aug 30, 1993
14Chintamani PanigrahiJul 10, 1989Mar 19, 1993
15K. V. Krishna RaoJun 2, 1984Jul 7, 1989
16S. M. H. BurneyAug 12, 1981Jun 11, 1984
17L.P. SinghSep 21, 1973Aug 11, 1981
18B. K. NehruJan 21, 1972Sep 20, 1973

Cabinet Ministers of Manipur

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister, DP, Finance, Power, MAHUD, MI, Science &Technology,TourismShri. O. Ibobi Singh
Deputy Chief Minister, Home, Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Tribal Affairs & HillsShri. Gaikhangam
Revenue, Law & Legislative Affairs, Forest & EnvironmentShri.Th. Debendra Singh
Health & Family Welfare, GAD, CADAShri. Phungzathang Tonsing
PHED, Labour& EmploymentShri. I. Hemochandra Singh
Commerce & Industries, Sericulture, Veterinary & Animal HusbandryShri. Govindas Konthoujam
Education, CAF & PDShri. M. Okendro
IFCD, Printing & StationaryShri. Ngamthang Haokip
RD & PR, Economics & StatisticsShri. Francis Ngajokpa
Works, TransportDr. Kh. Ratankumar Singh
Social Welfare, CooperationKm. Ak. Mirabai Devi
Agriculture, FisheriesMd. Abdul Nasir

Rajya Sabha Members from Manipur

Haji Abdul SalamIndian National Congress10/04/2014 to 09/04/2020

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Manipur

Oinam Nabakishore Singh
The Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur Manipur Secretariat (North Block), West Block Room No. 220 Imphal - 795 001
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Manipur Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The north eastern state of Manipur is represented by only two constituencies – Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur. Both the constituencies were won by Indian National Congress (INC). Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Janata Dal (United ) are few of the important political parties in the state. Okram Ibobi Singh is the Chief Minister of Manipur under the government of INC. INC has a stronghold in the state and the exit polls survey predicts the continuation of the party's victory in the state.

Manipur located in the north east India merged with the Indian union on 15th October, 1949. The border state was centrally administered by the Indian government through a Chief Commissioner. In 1950, this advisory form of government was replaced by a Territorial Council of 30 elected and 2 nominated members. Manipur has two parliamentary seats: Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur.Outer Manipur is reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. The main political parties of the state are the Indian National Congress (INC), the Manipur People's Party (MPP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Janata Dal (United ). There are about 7.89 crore voters in the state.

Last Updated on Feb 10, 2017