MANIPUR ELECTIONS 2012 IN PICS
Political landscape of Manipur
With vibrant and glorified past, Manipur came under the British establishment as a Princely State after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. Post independence, Manipur, which is also known as the Jewel of India, was merged with the Indian Union on October 15, 1949. It got the status of a full-fledged state on the January 21, 1972 with a 60-member Legislative Assembly of which 20 seats being reserved for Scheduled Tribes and one for the Scheduled Cast. The state has two representatives in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha.
The economic blockade and the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) are the two major issues which are dominating this year’s poll campaigns in the state. Boundary dispute with its neighbouring states, corruption, political conflicts between the insurgent groups and the government, rampant drug abuse among youths and ethnic identity of local tribes are other important matters which may be factored in during the polls in the state. MORE