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BJP, Congress locked in close battle in Manipur Assembly elections

The BJP and the Congress are locked in a close battle in Manipur, as they are projected to poll 36 per cent and 33 per cent votes in the upcoming Assembly elections, respectively

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IANS  |  New Delhi 

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A security person stands guard as voters wait in a long queue to cast votes at a polling station during the last phase of assembly polls in Tengoupal, Manipur. Photo: PTI

The and the are locked in a close battle in Manipur, as they are projected to poll 36 per cent and 33 per cent votes in the upcoming Assembly elections, respectively, as per the ABP-CVOTER Battle for the States survey

The 60-member Assembly will go to the polls in two phases on February 27 and March 3, while the counting of votes will be taken up on March 10.

The sample size for the survey was 2,100 across 60 Assembly seats in the state.

The has led over the consistently, albeit with a wafer-thin margin. The trend observed so far seems to be crystallising and the BJP's edge has withered over the from the previous round of tracker.

It is currently expected to win 25 seats while the Congress is close on the heels with 24 seats. The Naga ethnic party NPF is expected to mop up 4 seats and "others" could tag around the 7 remaining seats.

The crystallisation of electoral trends has a lot to do with polarisation along ethnic lines witnessed in the state. The renewed Naga assertion and reaction to it from Manipuri tribes is the defining feature of the coming elections.

In case the loses its slender edge or if there is a sudden surge from Congress, we may observe yet another hung Assembly with the role of kingmaker resting with NPF and others. The probability of that happening is more than what it was a month ago.

polls are important for the BJP to show its continued dominance in Northeast India, especially with the worsening internal security situation casting a shadow over its track record. A pacified and progressive Northeast has been an important pillar of BJP's national messaging, predicated on security and national assertions.



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First Published: Wed, January 12 2022. 12:31 IST