Manipur’s Assembly elections have begun with the first phase of voting. In the first phase of Manipur elections, voting is underway in 38 Assembly constituencies.
On Monday, the fate of up to 173 candidates, including 15 women, will be decided.
Moreover, several incidents of violence have occurred during the first phase of the Manipur elections.
For the polling, a large number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel have been deployed.
The first phase of Manipur elections began polling at 7:00 a.m. on Monday.
Furthermore, there are a total of 12,22,713 voters in the first phase of Manipur elections, including 29,276 women.
Meanwhile, in the last few days, violence has erupted in Manipur, killing two people and injuring many others, including a candidate and his father.
The main issues raised by the political parties in their campaign were development, militancy, illegal drug trade, repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), women empowerment, rising unemployment, and corruption.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, cabinet colleague Th Biswajit Singh, NPP candidate and deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar Singh, senior BJP leader Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, Congress’ Ratankumar Singh, Lokeshwar Singh, Saratchandra Singh, and sitting party MLA Akoijam Mirabai Devi are all up for election in Monday’s election.
Thounaojam Brinda, a fiery woman leader and Janata Dal (United) candidate who served as the Additional Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), is also contesting the Yaiskul constituency in the first phase of voting.
This time, however, the BJP, NPP, and NPF are all running separate campaigns with candidates competing against each other.
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