IMPHAL: With campaigning for the two-phase Assembly polls gaining momentum in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Manipur today, to address an election rally in Imphal West district.
The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila's People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objections.
Voting will be held on 4th and 8th of next month. 266 candidates including ten women are in the fray.
Congress and BJP are the two main players in the election fight. Congress has fielded 59 candidates and BJP 60. Trinamool Congress has fielded 16, NCP 7, CPI 6 and CPI(M) two.
Among the regional parties, Naga People's Front has fielded 16 candidates and People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) one. Twenty-three Independents are also in the fray.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also visiting Imphal to campaign for the party on the 28th of this month.
Earlier Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and North-East Democratic Alliance Convenor Hemanta Biswa Sarma have campaigned for their party candidates in different parts of the state.