IMPHAL, Nov 21 - More than 89 per cent votes were cast in Thongju and 85 per cent in Thangmeiband bypolls to the Assemby on Saturday, according to official sources.
The polling will decide the fate of six candidates who are contesting the by-elections to the two Assembly constituencies. Jyotin Waikhom (Cong), Kh Joykishan (BJP) and G Tonsana (Manipur Democratic People�s Front) are contesting in Thangmeiband while Bijoy Koijam (Cong), Th Bishwajit (BJP) and G Tonsana (MDPF) are vying for Thongju seat.
The counting will be conducted on November 24. The by-polls were necessitated after the Speaker�s Tribunal disqualified two All India Trinamool Congress MLAs Kh Joykishan of Thangmeiband and Th Biwajit of Thongju under the anti-defection law on May 28 this year.
Sangai fest: The 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival got off to a colourful start at the well-decorated Hafta Kangjeibung ground here on Saturday.
The festival has been organised to showcase the brow-antlered deer popularly known as Sangai which is found only in Manipur and to promote the State as a world class tourism destination.
Manipur Governor V Shanmuganathan and Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh attended the inaugural function at Bhagyachandra open air theatre at Hafta Kangjeibung. Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag of Norwegian Embassy was the special guest.