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BJP wrests both Assembly seats of Arunachal from Congress


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The BJP Sunday wrested both the Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly seats from Congress in the by-elections to these constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. With this, the 60-member state Assembly now has 49 MLAs from the saffron party, nine from the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA), one Congress and one Independent legislator.

BR Waghe of BJP won the Pakke-Kessang seat by a narrow margin of 475 votes, defeating his lone rival and former deputy chief minister, Kameng Dolo of Congress. While Waghe polled 3,517 votes, Dolo bagged 3,042, Joint Chief Electoral Officer DJ Bhattacharjee said.

In the Likabali seat, BJP’s Kardo Nyigyor won by a slender margin of 305 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Gumke Riba of the PPA. While BJP candidate polled 3,461 votes, the PPA nominee secured 3,156 votes in the constituency, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest. Congress candidate Modam Dini, however, could secure only 362 votes. Lone Independent candidate in the bypoll, Sengo Taipodia, bagged 675 votes. The constituency also saw 23 voters opting for NOTA, Bhattacharjee said.

Over 68.5 percent electors had cast their votes in the 21 December bypolls, with Pakke-Kessang recording 86 percent voter turnout and Likabali 51 percent. The Likabali seat had fallen vacant after then health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena passed away on 4 September. The Pakke-Kessang seat fell vacant after the Gauhati High Court declared the election of Dolo from the constituency in the 14 March, 2014, polls null and void, following an election petition filed by BJP nominee and former minister Atum Welly. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju congratulated BJP members for the victory in the bypolls.

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