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Manipur Congress says hard to believe polls results

Manipur Congress says  hard to believe polls results
BJP candidate RK Ranjan who won the Inner Manipur LS seat receiving certificate of election from the RO. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 24 | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 11:26:23 AM IST

Manipur Congress said that it was “little hard to believe” the poll results which was declared in the wee hour of Friday in which the  party lost both the seats in the state.

The counting of votes for the Inner Manipur PC and Outer Manipur PC concluded after midnight on Thursday  with NPF candidate winning on the Outer and BJP candidate in the Inner.

The final results showed NPF candidate Lorho S Pfoze won the Outer seat by a huge margin of 73, 782 from his nearest rival BJP candidate Houlim Shokhopao Mate aka Benjamin Mate. 

NPF secured 3,63,527 votes, that is 42.37% of total valid 858029 votes while BJP got 2,89,745 (33.77%). Congress candidate K James, in the third position  was far behind with 1,52,510 (17.77%) only. 

BJP’s RK Ranjan who won the Inner Manipur seat defeated Congress candidate O Nabakishore by a margin 17,755 votes.

BJP secured 2,63,632, 34.72 % of total valid 7,59,301 votes against Congress’s 245877 (32.38%) votes. State Congress admitted the poll debacle, however, was sceptical of poll results.

Addressing a news conference at Imphal Congress Bhavan today, MPCC president Gaikhangam said the results were little hard to believe.

We have to agree with the people mandate. However, the elections in the state was not held free and fair manner. 

The ruling parties (BJP and NPF) had used their all might to win the elections. Besides using their muscle and money powers to intimidate voters, they had indulged in massive booth rigging. They had even manipulated, he alleged.

 “If the election was held in a free and fair manner, Congress might have easily retained both the seats,” Gaikhangam said. Congress was occupying both the Lok Sabha seats in Manipur for the last two terms.

The Congress got a huge number of votes and it was just around 20,000 that the BJP candidate won the vote in the Inner, Gaikhangam said. 

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