After 12 long years, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) finally managed to open its account in the Manipur Assembly by winning two seats during the by-polls.
According to an official of the State Election Commission, ‘Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates Thongam Biswajit Singh and Khumukcham Joykishan won the Thongju and Thangmeiband seats respectively by defeating candidates of the ruling Congress.’
The official further said that by-elections were necessitated after Assembly Speaker Th. Lokeshwar Singh disqualified three legislators of All India Trinamool Congress (AIMC) under the anti-defection law on 28th May.
‘In Thangmeiband, Joykishan defeated nearest rival Jyotin Waikhom by 1,907 votes, approximate 85 percent voter turnout was recorded in the segment,’ the official further asserted, adding, ‘Thongam Biswajit Singh polled 12,104 votes while Waikhom secured 10,197 votes.’
‘There has been no significant development in the State under Okram Ibobi Singh government because of which people of both the constituencies have elected BJP in the by-elections,’ said Manipur BJP president Th Chaoba Singh.
Chaoba further said that BJP workers would now prepare a roadmap for the 2017 assembly elections in Manipur for ensuring sustainable peace and development in the State bordering Myanmar, which is plagued by prolonged insurgency. Meanwhile, post poll violence erupted in Khongman area where eight people were severely injured.