Manipur: Congress all set to defeat Pollsters Axis & CVoter!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Read our critique of Axis & CVoter Polls: HERE  & HERE

Beneath the largely expressionless face of Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh is a smiling man hoping to come back to power for the fourth time. For the past 15 years, Ibobi Singh has been a much-criticised leader in Manipur politics, yet stomping back to power every time.

This time too he is likely to repeat the accomplishment - riding high on the hills and plains divide. While the plains account for 40 seats in the state Assembly, the hills have 20.

On Monday, Manipur entered the 105th day of the economic blockade. Since November 1, the United Naga Council (UNC) - an umbrella organisation of Naga civil society organisations - has imposed a blockade on NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur) and NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam) highways that serve as lifelines for the landlocked Manipur, after the state government decided to bifurcate Naga-dominated areas and create seven new districts. And it is this ongoing logjam that Ibobi is pinning his hopes on for a fourth term.

A government, which till four months back was worrying over the anti-incumbency factor, suddenly found a new lease of life once the blockade was announced by the UNC. For he knows well that it's the blockade and the hardships it causes that will remain fresh in voters' mind more than his “misrule”.

Read full article: HERE

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