BJP chief Amit Shah has already said his party - which won 21 seats -- will form the next government of Manipur. The party has already made its presence felt in the north-east, winning the elections in Assam last year. Even Arunachal Pradesh has a BJP government now.
What will help the BJP in Manipur are the eight seats won between the Naga People's Front and National People's Party. The two regional parties are part of the North East Democratic Alliance or NEDA - a front of anti-Congress parties stitched together by BJP chief Amit Shah and the party's powerhouse in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who switched camp from Congress in the run-up to the assembly elections.
Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, which won one seat in Manipur, is already an ally of the BJP. Mr Paswan has already said his party will support the BJP in Manipur. The seat that hangs in balance has been won by an Independent.
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