Manipur Assembly polls: Congress fails to achieve majority

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Mar. 11 (ANI): Neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reached the 31-seat mark needed to establish a majority in the 60-member Manipur Assembly, indicating towards a hung assembly.

While the Congress has won in 28 constituencies, the BJP secured a victory in 21.

Even as, with this, the Congress is likely to be the single largest party, the Naga Peoples Front (NPF), that won four seats, is likely to support a non-Congress government.

Meanwhile, disappointed over the outcome of Manipur election results, Irom Sharmila today said she would not contest any elections henceforth, adding, she would continue her work so that the "draconian" Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts gets repealed.

"After losing the election results my mindset has changed. Right now, I want to quit fighting any type of elections. As I have been fighting for the draconian law to be repealed, I will lobby the whole world to fight this act for which I have been struggling for 16 years," Sharmila told ANI.

Sharmila was contesting against Congress chief ministerial candidate and the winner Okram Ibobi Singh from Thoubal constituency.

The counting of votes for the 60-member state assembly took place at eleven centres. (ANI)