Manipur Election Watch and the ADR analysed 167 candidates who will try their luck in the first phase. Eight candidates were found to have assets over Rs 1 crore. The BJP has fielded four crorepati candidates - the most by any party. Two candidates contesting on Congress ticket were found to be crorepatis. The Democratic Front and the NCP has fielded 1 crorepati candidate each.
The campaigning for the first phase saw national leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing multiple rallies throughout the state. During campaigning, there were bitter exchanges between the Congress and the BJP over the ongoing economic blockade in the state and the Naga Peace Accord.
The Naga Peace Accord was signed between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Centre in August, 2015.
The economic blockade has led to shortage of essential commodities, especially fuel, in the land-locked state. The blockade in place since November 16, 2016 was imposed by the United Naga Council in protest against the state government's decision to carve out seven new districts from the existing ones.
|Party||Total number of candidates analysed||No of Rich Candidates|
|Manipur National Democratic Front||10||1|
|Note : Rich candidates are candidates whose assets are 1 Cr and above Source : ADR|
The second and final phase of the Assembly polls is scheduled on March 8 and the results will be declared on March 11.