05 March, 2017
Over 80 per cent voting was recorded in the 38 constituencies of the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur as by 3 pm.
The poll percentage for the valley can be treated as finalized as nearly all the polling officials have reached their respective district headquarters and reported to the DEOs. Moreover, the Hindu voters cast their votes for the BJP and PM Modi during Assam polls.
Though no major political clashes were reported, the kin of a few BSP candidates were booked for abducting SP and BJP polling agents.
However, Irom Sharmila's PRJA candidate Erendro Leichombam attacked by unknown persons. This phase polling will be held in the regions adjoining Indo-Nepal border and bordering districts with north Bihar.
The second round of election in the remaining 22 constituencies is scheduled to be held on March 8.
UNC has clamped economic blockade on two highways of Manipur since November 1 previous year protesting creation of seven new districts by the Congress government.
Campaigning for the the first phase of polls in 38 constituencies ended at 3pm on Thursday. Sharmila said she is confident of her party's victory in the elections, according to the ANI report. The state elections will be a big electoral test for the three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.
For the first time, there were no police or State paramilitary personnel in the polling stations. For the first phase, 280 companies of central armed police forces are being used.
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Of the total candidates in this phase, 126 have criminal cases against them whereas 160 are millionaires.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too is leaving no stone unturned and is preparing for a mega roadshow with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Varanasi.
The districts where polling is going on in the sixth phase are Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia.
Gorakhpur has a maximum of 127 candidates for nine seats while the minimum seven are contesting Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau.
The BJP fielded 45 candidates in this phase of the elections, while its allies - Apna Dal and Suhel Dev Bhartiya Party - contested one seat each. The UNC blocked the movement of goods through two National Highways to the plains of the State where the Meiteis, who are also BJP's key voter base, reside.
Imphal: BJP national president Amit Shah has promised to end the crippling indefinite economic blockade in Manipur if BJP is voted to power in the coming assembly polls and said priority will be given to maintain law and order in the militancy-hit state.