Imphal: Even as the ruling Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) continue to be in neck-and-neck battle to secure power in Manipur, Irom Sharmila contesting from Thoubai seat has lost the election.
Irom Sharmila, the crusader, had formed a new party to contest the 2017 election. None of the candidates from her party are in race anywhere in the state.
Available trends at 02:15 pm also showed the Congress party leading in 25 of the total 60 seats of Manipur. The BJP, which tries hard to wrest power here, is leading in 24 seats.
Earlier, counting of votes began amid tight security at all 12 centres in Manipur.
12:00 PM The ruling Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are in neck-and-neck battle to secure power in Manipur - the important Northeastern state in India, according to the trends at 12:00 pm.
Avialble trends at 12:00 pm showed, the Congress party leading in 19 of the total 60 seats of Manipur. The BJP, which tries hard to wrest power here, is leading in 20 seats.
Irom Sharmila, the crusader, who formed a new party to contest the 2017 election, is not in race anywhere in the state.
11:45 AM The ruling Congress party is leading in 25 of the total 60 seats of Manipur. The BJP, which tries hard to wrest power here, is leading in 16 seats, according to the trends available at 11:45 am.
11:00 AM Trends available at 11:00 am showed that the ruling Congress party is leading in 19 of the total 60 seats of Manipur. The BJP, which tries hard to wrest power here, is leading in 13 seats.
10:30 AM Trends available at 10:30 am showed that the ruling Congress party is leading in 17 of the total 60 seats of Manipur. The BJP, which tries hard to wrest power here, is leading in 13 seats.
09:00 AM Trends available at 09:00 am showed that the ruling Congress party is leading in 05 of the total 60 seats of Manipur.
08:00 AM Counting of votes in Manipur, where the Congress Party is ruling since last ten years, started today at 08:00 am.
As per the Election Commission guidelines, the process began with counting of postal votes.
The trends and results will soon start coming as the first round of voting is expected to be completed by about 08:30 am.
06: 55 AM Counting of votes for the assembly elections in the tiney state of Manipur and four other Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa states will start today i.e. Saturday March 11, 2017 exactly at 08:00 am.
According to the election commission, the process in Manipur will begin with counting of postal votes and trends are expected to be available by 09:00 am. By 12 noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the state.
The counting of vote will take place at 12 centres in Manipur. The entire process will be completed by afternoon, the state election commission said.
According to Election Commission guidelines, half-an-hour after the postal ballots are counted, the process of counting of EVM votes begins.
The 'ballot unit' is switched on in the presence of senior poll officials and counting agents of candidates and the result command keyed in to get the results per machine.
Where a paper trail audit or 'voter-verified paper audit trail' (VVPAT) has been used, the counting agent can call for a count of the paper slips in the drop box attached to the voting machine, but a final count is taken by the returning officer.
Once the results are declared, the names of the winning candidates will find mention in the gazette. The gazette notification will initiate the process to form the next legislative assemblies in the states.
In Manipur where the Congress is in power Ecit Polls predicted that the Grand Old party is marginally ahead of the BJP. But, neither party is likely to get outright majority in the state's 60-member assembly, shows the poll of exit polls, which averages the surveys by the India TV-C Voter and India Today Axis.
The poll of exit polls by NDTV predicts 26 seats will go to the Congress and 24 to the BJP in the Manipal's 60-seat assembly, where the halfway mark is at 30.
The India-TV-C Voter poll predicts the BJP will win 25 to 31 seats -- the upper end giving the party a clear majority. The Congress, it says, will trail with 17 to 23 seats.
The India Today Axis survey gives the Congress 30 to 36 seats and the BJP between 16 and 22 seats.
The BJP has always been a smaller player in Manipur. But, this time the party tried all in its hand to assert itself in the politics of Manipur. The BJP cadres were upbeat after forming government in nearby Assam where it won the state election for the first time.
But all eyes in Manipur are on Irom Sharmila. The crusader, famous for her fast against Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, is contesting the Manipur state electiona for the first time forming her own People's Resurgence Justice Alliance (PRJA) party.
In 2012 Manipur elections, the Congress had won 42 of the total 60 seats, AITC had won 7, MSCP had won 5 and independents and others had won on 06 seats. Okram Ibobi Singh is the Congress Chief Minister in Manipal.