Continuing its good show in last Assembly polls in the North-East, the Congress on Tuesday won the by-election to the prestigious Moirung assembly seat in Manipur.
The Congress' candidate M Prithiviraj defeated his nearest rival H Bira of Manipur People's Party (MPP) by over 4,800 votes in the by-election to Moirang in Bishenpur district, election office said on Tuesday.
While Prithiviraj secured a total of 16,225 votes Bira came close by getting 11,338 votes.
By-election to the seat was held on December 27. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA M Manindra who was the father of Prithiviraj some months ago.
The Congress-led Secular Progressive Front ministry has 35 seats (Congress 31 and CPI 4) in the 60-member Manipur legislative assembly.
Of the rest 25 seats, the opposition Manipur People's Party (MPP) has 5, Rashtriya Janata Dal 3, National People's Party 3, Nationalist Congress Party 4 and independents 10.
The Congress had wrested power in the Mizoram assembly elections earlier this month.