Ruling BJP wins big in Manipur byelections

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Manipur won two seats in Manipur byelections on November 10 while a party-supported Independent candidate won in the third seat in the state.

Till the filing of this report, the fourth seat – Saitu – was also set to be won by the BJP as its candidate was leading by more than 12000 votes.

Elections officials in Imphal said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Oinam Lukhoi Singh bagged 10,960 votes to win Wangoi bypoll, defeating his nearest rival Khuraijam Loken Singh of the National People’s Party (NPP) by 257 votes.

The Wangoi seat witnessed a triangular contest among the BJP, NPP and the Congress nominees. The NPP is an ally of the BJP-led government in Manipur.

In the Lilong seat, BJP-supported Independent Y Antas Khan secured 17,106 votes to defeat nearest Independent rival Mohammad Abdul Nasir by 3,078 votes.

In the Wangjing-Tentha seat, BJP candidate Paonam Brojen Singh got 15,147 votes to defeat Congress rival Moirangthem Hemanta Singh by 1,560 votes.

 

Though the Election Commission is yet to officially declare the result in Saitu seat, BJP nominee Ngamthang Haokip was headed for a win over his Congress rival Lamtinthang Haokip by over 12,000 votes.

By-elections were held in four Assembly seats in Manipur on November 7.

BJP nominee Ginsuanhau was elected unopposed from Singhat seat in Churachandpur district in Manipur on October 22 after Independent nominee Chinlunthang withdrew his candidature.

The bypolls were necessitated after Congress MLAs, elected in the 2017 elections from these five seats, resigned from the assembly and joined the ruling BJP.

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