Haokip's political career kick started when he became the president of the KUKI National Assembly for three years and then the General Secretary of the MPCC(I) for four years.
He then became the member of the National Council of the Manipur Pradesh, BJP and then member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly for four terms and soon after he became the minister of State, Industries, Manipur in 1972-73 and then the Minister of State, Revenue of Manipur in 1974. Soon after between 1974-78 he held the position of the Minister of State, Works, Manipur followed by the Minister of State, Education and Tribal Welfare, Manipur.
Hoakip also held the post of Chairman at the Public Accounts Committee of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and then went on to become the Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board of Manipur. He soon after became the Cabinet Minister of Planning, Industries and Transport of Manipur between 1981 and 1984. Soon after, between 1985 and 1989, Hoakip became the general secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee (I) and soon after in 1989 was elected Cabinet Minister of Industries and then in the next session - the Cabinet Minister of Power. In 1999, Hoakip was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha.
Soonafter in 1999 he became member of the committee on urban and rural development and since 2000 he has been a member of the consultative committee of the ministry of home affairs.