The Election Commission of India on Saturday declared the Manipur Assembly elections will take place in two phases from February 27 to March 3. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
In the first phase, the issuance of notification would be on February 1 and the last date of nomination would be February 8 while the last date of withdrawal of candidature would be February 11.
The issuance of notification for the second phase would be on February 4 and the last date of nomination would be February 11. The last date of withdrawal of candidature would be February 16.
In 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allied with three regional parties -- National People's Party, Naga People's Front and Lok Janshakti Party won the Manipur Assembly Election. Despite Congress being the single-largest party with 29 seats, it could not retain power after BJP and its allies managed to reach the majority mark of 31.
N Biren Singh was sworn in as the chief minister after the BJP formed the government in the state in 2017. This marked the first time that the BJP formed the government in Manipur.
It may be noted that the Manipur Assembly has a total of 60 seats, with 31 being the majority mark. While there are 40 constituencies in the valley region, there are 20 in the hill region.