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Congress leading in both Lok Sabha seats of Manipur

Congress leading in both Lok Sabha seats of Manipur

In Inner Manipur, Angomcha Bimol Akoijam is ahead by 64,174 votes, while in Outer Manipur, Alfred Kanngam S Arthur leads by 27,341 votes.

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Congress leads in both Lok Sabha seats in Manipur Congress leads in both Lok Sabha seats in Manipur

The Congress is leading in both the Lok Sabha seats in Manipur - Inner, and Outer (reserved) constituencies.

Congress candidate Angomcha Bimol Akoijam is leading in Inner Manipur over his nearest rival Thounaojam Basantakumar of the BJP by over 62,000 votes.

In the Outer Manipur seat, the Congress's Alfred Kanngam S Arthur is leading by over 2,700 votes over his Naga People's Front (NPF) rival Kachui Timothy Zimik. Zimik was earlier ahead, but the gap narrowed till Mr Arthur eventually overtook him.

BJP-ruled Manipur has only two Lok Sabha seats - Inner Manipur, which is mostly the valley areas, and the Outer Manipur reserved constituency, which covers nearly all the hill areas.

Mr Akoijam, a 57-year-old professor in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), belongs to the valley-dominant Meitei community. Local sentiments amid the Manipur crisis had indicated he was the preferred candidate in assembly constituencies where the Congress had been traditionally strong. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also started the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from an area in Manipur where the party enjoys huge support.

Two Manipur political analysts told NDTV Mr Akoijam's last-minute political plunge divided the Meitei vote. The Meitei community had clashed with the Kuki-Zo tribes over sharing land, resources, and affirmative action policies. No Kuki-Zo candidate from any party contested the election.

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The Opposition bloc INDIA had made the Manipur ethnic crisis a huge election issue. This was one issue which the INDIA bloc had been using to take swipes at the Centre, despite Home Minister Amit Shah and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh's rebuttal to the Opposition at every turn.

Elections were held in two phases in Manipur on April 19 and April 26.

Edited By: Puja Mahanta
Published On: Jun 04, 2024