IMPHAL, May 23 (Newmai): The two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur went to the ruling parties as the BJP won the Inner seat and the Outer seat went to the NPF.
The elections of NPF candidate Lorho S Pfoze and BJP candidate RK Ranjan are yet to be declared officially till the filing of this story. However, the two candidates secured highest votes among the candidates in the fray with a huge margin.
The official declaration and offering of certificates will be taking place tonight itself. The winning BJP candidate has already arrived at the office of the Returning Officer (RO) of the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency.
NPF candidate Lorho S Pfoze secured a margin of 79,245 votes more than his nearest rival BJP candidate Houlim Shokhopao Mate aka Benjamin Mate till the end of the counting of the votes.
While the ruling BJP’s Dr RK Ranjan is ahead in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency seat with a margin of 32,747 votes. In the Outer seat, NPF got 3,61,646 (43.26% of 8,35,954) while BJP secured 2,82,401 (33.78%).
Congress’s K James secured 1,43,240 (17.13%) and was at third position. NPF has done well in Naga dominated hill districts where the ruling BJP and opposition Congress showed poor performances.
In the Inner seat, BJP got 2,61,802 that is 34.7% of the total 7,54,573 votes while Congress secured 2,29,055 (31.83%).
By securing 1,33,093 (17.64 %) votes, CPI’s Dr M Nara Singh secured the third position. The votes secured by the candidates excluded the postal ballots.
The voting to the two seats held in the first two phases of the seven-phase 17th Parliamentary elections 2019. The voting in the Outer was held on April 11 while that of Inner on April 18.
Re-poll was held to as many as 19 polling stations in the Outer PC and in 21 polling stations in Inner seat after detection of electoral malpractices by the state chief electoral officer (CEO).
Altogether 19 candidates – eight in the Outer and 11 in the Inner – were in the fray for the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur. The Congress fielded new faces in both the constituencies by dropping their sitting MPs. Congress’s Thangso Baite occupied the Outer seat for two consecutive terms since 2009 while the party’s Dr T Meinya occupied the seats for three consecutive terms since 2004.