Congress is already having a torrid year in the Northeast as they already lost both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. However, it looks like they are going to face worse in 2017 as a recent exit poll has predicted that BJP will unseat Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls in Manipur. The opinion poll conducted by India Today-Axis has revealed that as per their calculation, BJP is going to form the next government in Manipur by winning 31-35 seats.
Exit poll prediction
The opinion poll says that Congress might not get more than 19-24 seats in the next election. Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) which enjoys considerable clout in the Naga dominated districts is predicted to win 3-5 seats. ‘That is a huge dent in the State so far dominated by Congress, which had more than 50 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. However, with less than six months to go for the polls, as many as four Congress legislators have resigned from the party’ stated the election survey report
The report further added, ‘Also, more people (37 per cent) in the state agree with the BJP’s mission of a Congress-free India than disagree (33 per cent). Nearly 30 per cent voters were not sure if a Congress-Mukt Bharat is a good idea.’
Interestingly, ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila has been rejected by the people of Manipur. 73 percent of those surveyed said they won’t vote for Sharmila if she contests in the next election. Only nine percent said they will while 18 percent said they were not sure.
ILP remains biggest poll issue
Expectedly, Inner Line Permit (ILP) remains the biggest poll issue for Manipuris. 62 percent of people think that ILP is the biggest poll issue followed by 12 percent who voted for better infrastructure and 11 percent who wants more employment opportunities. The removal of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) for which Irom Sharmila went on a hunger strike for 16 years doesn’t find much resonance among the Manipuri people. Only six percent of those surveyed wants AFSPA to go.