Although Chief Minister of Manipur Okhram Ibobi Singh exudes confidence about winning 2017 polls, this election proved to be one of the toughest for his party.
This is for the first time that BJP created a strong saffron wave in the tiny northeastern state which is always been a hot bed of burning issues.
Not to mention this also for the first time that a human right activist and anti AFSPA crusader PRJA (People’s Resurgence Justice Alliance) after spending 16 years of hunger strike opt to fight politics, not only that, a sturdy divide of young voters have been seen after PRJA came into existence.
The interesting blend of different issues pertaining since 15 years of congress rule also became agendas and priorities in different manifesto list of different parties.
It is also noticeable that a large number of voters especially women and youth have came forward to cast their votes from different constituency.
Issues like economic blockade and territorial integrity added spice in creating the ground for the cut throat competition for the ally’s of the ruling government. This state is facing an economic blockade which has crossed more than 100 days.
On one hand where the Grand old congress party vouch on the development work undertaken during its 15 years of rule, the BJP is banking on Modi pointing out all the flaws done during the congress reign as key pointers.
Meanwhile,in an exit poll prediction its predicted that the Congress might win fewer seats than the BJP in the states.
In comparison to the earlier exit poll, the BJP’s voteshare in the state saw a huge increase from 2.1% in 2012 to 32.1% in 2017 election.
Whereas,the Congress’ voteshare is estimated to fall from 42.4 % in 2012 to 31.3 % in 2017.
This dramatic falls is clearly pointing out the tough time of congress in the state.