In the run-up to the elections, all political parties in their campaigns mainly focused on the continuing economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council and the state government's inability to break it. This invited corruption cases against some leaders in the state too. BJP leaders also levelled corruption charges against the Congress government and its inability to provide basic amenities to the people of the state, particularly the supply of potable water. The Congress countered, saying the government during its 15-year rule implemented several development projects and improved the power supply.
According to data provided by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), national parties Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress have fielded most number of candidates with criminal cases slapped against them. Figures reveal that both parties have 21 candidates with criminal record. The ADR research team analysed 38 independent candidates in Manipur and found that none of the leaders had declared a criminal case against them.
|Party||Total number of candidates analysed||Candidates with Declared criminal Cases|
|National Peoples Party||12||5|
|North East India Development Party||8||2|
|Manipur National Democratic Front||10||1|
|Naga Peoples Front||4||1|
|Source : ADR|