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Congress sweeps back to power in Manipur

Helped by a fragmented opposition, the Congress today swept back to power for the third consecutive time in Manipur with a two-thirds majority in the 60-member assembly.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2012 20:38 IST

Helped by a fragmented opposition, the Congress today swept back to power for the third consecutive time in Manipur with a two-thirds majority in the 60-member assembly.

The Congress secured 42 seats, one more than the required 41 for two thirds majority in the troubled state.

The fragmented opposition, which formed a loose coalition recently named Peoples Democratic Alliance, managed to get only 18 seats.

But the Trinamool Congress, a partner of the alliance, sprang a surprise winning seven out of 48 seats it contested. It had a sole member in the outgoing House.

The Naga Peoples Front won four and NCP and LJP won a seat each and others five. The BJP also drew a blank.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh won from Thoubal and his wife O Landhoni Devi from Khangabok.

The CPI, which was a former coalition partner of the Congress in the erstwhile Secular Democratic Front failed to win a single seat.

CPI candidate and Agriculture minister, Ph Parijat Singh, who had won from Lamlai four times was defeated by the Congress' K Biren Singh. The CPI had contested 24 seats.

Senior Congress leader and Forest minister Th Debendra Singh won from Jiribam.

Social Welfare minister N Loren won the Nambol seat defeating former union sports minister Th Chaoba Singh of the Manipur Peoples Party.

Other ministers who won were T Phungzathang, N Biren Singh, T N Haokip and Y Erabot Singh.

Among two Congress ministers who lost were Minority minister Alauddin Khan from Keirao and Education minister D D Thaisi in Karong.

Also to lose were NCP President Radhabinode Koijam, Manipur Peoples Party leader O Joy, former union sports minister T Chaoba Singh of Manipur People's Party and Manipur State Congress Party President Y Mani Singh.