Counting of votes for 60 seats in Manipur Assembly began today at 8 AM. Elections in Manipur were held in two phases on March 4 and 8. Both phases witnessed record voting of 84 and89 per cent respectively.
With the latest trend coming in Congress is leading with 28 seats and BJP has 21 seats. While, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh (INC) who was leading over BJP's Leitanthem Basanta Singh in Thoubal Assembly seat has won.
Meanwhile, news has poured in that Irom Sharmila has decided to quit politics.
The entire state has been put under tight security blanket and prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed near all counting halls, officials said.
The BJP is contesting 32 seats and its allies the Apana Dal and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party are contesting on 4 seats each. The BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats. While the SP is contesting 31 seats, its ally the Congress is in race for the remaining seats.
In the 2012 state Assembly polls, out of these 40 seats, 23 went to the SP, 5 to the BSP, 4 to the BJP, 3 to the Congress and 5 to others.
In all, 535 candidates, including 40 (BSP), 32 (BJP), 31 (SP), 9 (Cong), 21 (RLD) and 5 (NCP) are in the fray.
The state has a 19,02,562-strong electorate comprising of 9,28,573 male and 9,73,989 female voters. There are around 45,642 new voters this time.