ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Manipur : Elections in the Context of Social Conflict

Voters in Manipur rated the state government negatively, but voted for the Congress in large numbers. Candidates rather than political parties matter more to Manipuris. However, voting patterns indicate that parties do draw their support from different sections of the electorate. Over the past few elections, a trend in the north-east has been to vote for the party in power at the centre, which also explains the reason for the BJP's better performance this time. Manipur is marked by ethnic conflict and insurgency, but its peculiar electoral dynamics ensure that the support bases of the Congress and BJP in the state are different from those elsewhere in the country.

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