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Arunachal Elections :  CM Pema Khandu, Former CM Nabam Tuki file nominations

Chief Minister Pema Khandu filed his nomination for the Mukto Assembly Constituency, former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki filed nomination for Arunachal west Constituency.


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Altogether, 213 candidates have filed their nominations across Arunachal Pradesh for the Assembly elections on Monday, the last date for filing of papers for the April 11 polls.

On the other hand, 12 nominees filed their papers for the two Lok Sabha seats in the State, including seven for Arunachal West and five for Arunachal East parliamentary constituency, informed Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang.

Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Pema Khandu filed his nomination for the Mukto seat before the Returning Officer at Tawang, while Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein filed his papers for the Chowkham constituency in Namsai district.

The Saffron party has fielded 64 candidates, including four substitute nominees from Pakke-Kessang, Likabali, Mebo and Koloriang seats, for the Assembly polls.

The Indian National Congress has fielded 55 candidates, including two substitutes, National People’s Party (NPP) – 31 (including two substitutes), Janata Dal (United) – 20 (including four substitutes), Janata Dal (Secular) – 15 (including one substitute) and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) – six and the remaining ones being Independents.

At Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district, altogether five candidates including former CM Nabam Tuki (INC), Khyoda Apik (NPP), Subu Kechi (PPA), Jomin Nyokir Kara (All India Forward Bloc) and Jarjum Ete of JD(S) have filed their nominations for Arunachal West Constituency on Monday.

With these, the number of candidates contesting the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat rose to seven. Earlier, BJP nominee and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Independent candidate Rumak Jomoh filed their papers on Friday last.

At Pasighat, five candidates, including State BJP president Tapir Gao and Congress’s James Lowangcha Wanglat have filed their papers for the Arunachal East parliamentary seat. Three other contesting candidates are Bandey Mili of JD(S), Mongol Yomso of PPA and Ex-minister CC Singpho (Independent).

The State goes to simultaneous polls for the 60-member Assembly and the two Lok Sabha seats on April 11 next.

Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be carried out on March 26 and the candidates can withdraw their candidature on or before March 28.

The notification for the elections to the 60-member Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal was issued on March 18 last. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

DIPROs add: At Aalo, five candidates including former CM Nabam Tuki (INC), Khyoda Apik (NPP), Subu Kechi (PPA), Jomin Nyokir Kara (AIFB) and Jarjum Ete of JD(S) filed their nominations for Arunachal West Constituency on Monday. With these, the number of candidates contesting the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat rose to 7. Earlier, BJP nominee and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Independent candidate Rumak Jomoh filed their papers on Friday last. Returning Officer Swetika Sachan administered the oath of affirmation to all contesting candidates.

Meanwhile, debutants Jarpum Gamlin (NPP) and Yaba Gadi (PPA) – both for Liromoba seat, Nyadar Loya of JD(S) for Aalo West and Minkir Lollen (INC) for Aalo East have filed their papers today. Returning Officers Atul Tayeng, S Tikhak and C Chukhu administered the oath of affirmation to all of them.

At Tawang, altogether eight candidates, including BJP leader and CM Pema Khandu, filed their nominations on Monday. While Khandu filed his papers for Mukto seat, BJP’s Jambey Tashi and Jampa Thrinly Kunkhap of NPP submitted their nominations for Lumla constituency.

The other candidates who filed papers for the April 11 polls are Tsering Tashi (BJP), Thupten Tempa (INC), Thutan Nima (INC, substitute) and Tsering Dorjee of JD(S) – all for Tawang Assembly seat, and Thupten Kunphen of INC for the Mukto seat.

At Itanagar, six candidates have filed their nominations today to the Returning Officer for the Itanagar assembly seat. They are: Yumlang Achung from INC, Kipa Babu from BJP, Taba Thomas from Janata Dal (Secular), Techi Tolu Tara from NPP, Techi Kaso from Janata Dal (United) and Techi Nhagu from JD(U) as a substitute candidate.

At Namsai, a total of 14 candidates, including two women nominees filed their nominations for the upcoming elections from Chowkham, Namsai and Lekang constituencies before the respective returning officers on Monday.

State Congress president Takam Sanjoy, Nikh Khopi (NPP), Jummum ete Deori (BJP), Takam Paleng from JD(S), Bida Taku (Independent), JD(U)’s Padmeswari Jamoh and Takar Jamoh and Nabam Tekhi (Independent) filed their nominations from Lekang seat.

Dy CM Chowna Mein (BJP) and INC’s Khunang Kri filed their nominations from Chowkham, while Chau Zingnu Namchoom (BJP), Maulin Agan (NPP), Dr Chow Kedar Gohain (INC) and Chow Shotike Hopak of JD(S) filed their papers from Namsai.

At Bomdila, INC’s R T Khunjuju filed his nomination from Bomdila seat and Dorjee Khandu of JD(S) filed his papers from Dirang on Monday. Three Independent candidates namely, Tsering Sonam, Gombu Tsering Gonpapa and Niri Chongrowju filed their nomination papers for Kalaktang, Dirang and Bomdila constituencies respectively.

Altogether, 14 candidates have filed their nominations for the four Assembly Constituencies in West Kameng district, reports DIPRO.

At Ziro, Er Taba Tedir of BJP and Toko Yaram of JD(U) today filed their candidature for Yachuli Assembly Constituency. Incumbent MLA from Yachuli, Likha Saaya is not fighting the elections this time. Nani Ribia of INC filed his nominations for Ziro-Hapoli seat.

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