Manipur assembly elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi campaigns in Imphal; top highlights

Upcoming election in the state will be carried out in two phases and has 266 candidates in the fray.

As Manipur is gearing up for polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25 addressed  an election rally in Imphal’s West district. Elections in the state will be carried out in the two phases, on March 4 and March 8 respectively. 266 candidates will try their fate in the upcoming polls.

Ahead of PM’s visit, security in Manipur has been tightened. On February 24, the local police of Imphal have recovered two hand grenades outside the houses of two BJP Leaders. According to several media reports, one bomb was recovered from the BJP candidate Soibam Subhachandra’s residence’s gate at Ningombam Leikai which is 9 km away from the rally venue while the second bomb was found in front of another BJP worker O Sunil’s residence in Thoubal district.

Here are the top highlights


1:30 PM: We will ensure that economic blockades stop completely, when BJP government is formed in Manipur

1:26 PM: In Manipur, people are getting jobs through bribe, this will end under BJP.

1:20 PM: Congress government will have to answer for all the sufferings of the people of Manipur due to blockade

1:18 PM: People of Manipur will have to decide between those who take 10% commission and those who are 100% for development.

1:14 PM: Naga accord was signed one and half years ago. Was the Congress asleep that time? And, now they are spreading lies

1:13 PM: There will never be an economic blockade when BJP comes to power in Manipur, I assure you this

1:11 PM: Sikkim is progressing at a very fast pace, but where there is Congress government no development is taking place.

1:10 PM: PM Modi says, those who cannot ensure peace in the state have no right to govern Manipur. They made brothers here fight each other.

1:08 PM: Those who have looted the country, I assure that they won’t go unpunished. Rights of common citizens would be protected.

1:02 PM: When Atal ji formed Government, he made policies for overall development of Northeast but Congress did not carry the good work forward.

1:00 PM: Since last 40 years no PM of the country came to North-East for NEC Meeting. After Morarji Desai I am the only one who visited

12: 57 PM: After coming to power in 2014, we came out with ‘Act East Policy’. Until our eastern part prospers, the country would not develop, says PM Modi

12: 54 PM: What they (Congress) did not do in last 15 years, I will do it in 15 months, assures Modi

12:53 PM: It has been 15 years,Manipur has been ruined. Who is responsible? Congress did no development,do they deserve to be here now, says PM

12:50 PM: Until North-East does not progress, the country’s progress will never be complete.

12:47 PM: In 2014 when I was PM candidate,there was a rally at same place, but even half the ground was not occupied. Today its packed with crowd, says PM

12:25 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Imphal, to address an election rally shortly.