Manipur Elections 2017: Less Than A Week To Go For Polls, Campaign Hots UpUpdated: February 28, 2017 22:14 IST
As the Assembly elections for five states draws to a close, Manipur, one of the Seven Sister states of the northeast, is all set to vote on March 4 and 8. The state's 60 seats are up for grabs in the elections that will take place in two phases. In the first phase, voting will be held for 38 seats, polling in the remaining 22 will take place on March 8. Altogether, 18 lakh people will elect the new government in a contest where the BJP is hoping to wrest power from the Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last 15 years. Manipur's Iron Lady, rights crusader Irom Sharmila, who recently launched her political party Peoples' Resurgence And Justice Alliance or PRAJA is contesting against the three-time Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh from Congress. The counting of votes for all five states will take place on March 11.