Fruit war: Congress says PM lied, misquoted Rahul Gandhi

Bridging Cong-BJP Gap in Manipur Polls?

Bridging Cong-BJP Gap in Manipur Polls?

"Our understanding and the ground report says that it will be a hung Assembly as neither the Congress nor the BJP will be able to gain a majority", TMC vice-president Mukul Roy told PTI.

The Congress got more jolts as Parliamentary Secretary V Valte, lone tribal woman MLA Nemcha Kipgen and some other prominent lawmakers, who had been ministers for a long time, quit the party and crossed over to the BJP.

In an election rally in the poll bound state of Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister had took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi by saying that Mr Rahul wanted coconut juice from Manipur to be sold in London.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh.

He assured the electors and all political parties that if anything goes around a polling station, the Election Commission will not hesitate to order re-poll.

During campaigning, there were bitter exchanges between the Congress and the BJP over the ongoing economic blockade in the state and the Naga Peace Accord.

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BJP is fielding candidates in all the 38 constituencies while Congress has put up 37.

"It shows that the Congress shall come back with a thumping majority", he added.

Ibobi Singh pointed out that in 2001, when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government at the Centre extended the ceasefire with the NSCN-IM without territorial limits, the state had been in flames, with 18 persons losing their lives.

"Modi ji does not want the people of Manipur, people of the northeastern states, to progress and participate in India's growth story", Surjewala said.

The tiny northeastern state has been facing an economic blockade since November 1 previous year in protest against the creation of seven new districts. The election is billed as a major test for the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in the state which has been in power for the last 15 years.

Although a lot of issues are there, the mindset of the electorate will be known after the two-phase polls to be held on March 4 and 8, according to A Robindro Sharma, editor of Imphal-based Poknapham daily newspaper.

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