Brinda claimed that she is the first person in the state's history to have contested the assembly election without incurring any expenditure.
Manipur Chief Minister (until at least the new cabinet is formed) N Biren Singh is not surprised that his party, BJP, has managed to retain power.
Of the 60 members of the new Manipur Assembly, as many as 48 are crorepatis with average assets of winning candidates amounting to Rs 3.75 crore.
The JDU bagged six seats, one more than the Congress which had ruled the North-eastern state for 15 years in a row since 2002.
National People's Party, a partner in the existing government which won seven seats in the just-concluded state poll, will not be a part of the new dispensation.
The BJP on Thursday coasted to victory in the insurgency-hit Manipur, picking up 32 seats in the House of 60 members.
The 61-year-old has been widely credited for bringing peace and bridging the divide between the people of the valley and the hills, in this insurgency-hit, multi-ethnic state during his tenure as CM.
Counting of votes for 60 assembly seats in Manipur began at 8 am on Thursday under tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, officials said.
Despite fractured predictions of exit polls, BJP, Congress confident of forming government in Manipur
Manipur witnessed a hung Assembly in the previous polls in 2017, and this time too most of the exit polls' predictions indicate another hung house.
Manipur logs 67.77 per cent turnout till 3 pm in second phase of assembly polls amid reports of violence
Senapati district registered the highest turnout of 74.02 per cent, followed by Chandel at 70.30 per cent, an election official said.
BJP worker L Amuba Singh, 25, succumbed to bullet injuries early on Saturday at a hospital here, a police officer said.
Since the beneficiaries were already identified and approved before the announcement of election and enforcement of the MCC, there is no violation of MCC in connection.
A Congress delegation met the commission ahead of the second phase of polling on Saturday and also raised the issue of the BJP-led state government releasing funds to militant groups.
The polling will be held in 22 constituencies, 11 of them straddling across two valleys and as many in the tribal-majority hills.
The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government in Manipur of violating the model code of conduct to influence elections.
A statement issued by Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Agarwal said the repoll will be held on March 5.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah had visited Manipur to address poll rallies on February 22 and 23 respectively.
Perhaps, it is for fear or their disinterest in politics that not many people come forward and talk to journalists freely. Some, who do, say there is no difference among political parties.