The 11th Manipur Assembly Elections (MAE) 2017 were held in two phases correspondingly on 4th and 8th March 2017 under tight security. Repolls for both the phases were also later held based on reports and complaints of the voting process getting interrupted due to technical snags and other malpractices during elections. For the first time, two polling stations of Ukhrul Assembly Constituency (AC) were exclusively manned by women officials. The overall voter turnout for the state elections had been recorded at 86.61 per cent (Male- 84.62%, Female-88.51%). Undoubtingly ongoing Economic Blockade was the most pressing issue as the elections was held while the blockade imposed by UNC and its cohorts in protest against the anticipation creation of two new districts and it continued indefinite after the creation of seven new districts were declared by the Government of Manipur (GoM) on 08 December 2017. Other immediate issues were - the Framework Agreement signed between the GoI and NSCN-IM on 3rd August 2015, Suspension of Operation (SoO) with â€˜Kukiâ€™, â€˜Zomiâ€™ conglomerate armed groups involving the GoM and the Government of India (GoI), and, the Passing of three bills for the protection of Manipur people and the violence that erupted at Churachandpur in its aftermath. The elections were keenly contested between the Congress and the BJP. A hung verdict followed with neither the INC nor the BJP getting absolute majority. A BJP led Government supported by 32 MLAS with N. Biren Singh as Chief Minister, was sworn in on 15 March, and later succeeded in the floor test too, thereby ending the 15 years of INC rule in Manipur. With it, after Goa, Manipur became the second state among the five where elections were held recently where the BJP forms a Government despite not being the single largest party by forging a post poll alliance. N. Birenâ€™s BJP led government won the floor test on Monday 20th March with the support of 32 MLAs in the 60 member Legislative Assembly. As its immediate outcome, the 139 days old economic Blockade imposed by the UNC was lifted with effect from the midnight of Sunday, 19th March following the tripartite talks involving the State Government, GoI and the UNC.
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