Itanagar, April 9 : The prestigious Arunachal West Parliamentary seat has become the centre of attraction as it would witness multi-corner contest which makes the battle of ballot an interesting affair in this frontier state in the North-East region.
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, is the sitting MP from the West Parliamentary seat. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Mr Rijiju had won this seat by defeating Congress candidate Takam Sanjoy by a margin of over 41,738 votes.
The BJP has fielded Mr Rijiju again while the Congress has put up its veteran leader and former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki against him from the West seat. Jarjum Ete, who had left Congress after having denied ticket and joined Janata Dal (Secular) will take on Mr Rijiju and former party colleague, Mr Tuki as JD(S) candidate.
National People’s Party (NPP), led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, which is eyeing to expand its base in the North Eastern states, has fielded Khyoda Apik while People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), a regional party in Arunachal Pradesh, has fielded Subu Kechi for the West Parliamentary seat. Jomin Nyokir Kara from All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Rumak Jomoh as Independent candidate are also in the fray for this seat.
Out of the two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal Pradesh, West parliamentary constituency has the highest number of Assembly constituencies out of 60 Assembly seats. It has 33 Assembly seats while the East parliamentary constituency has 27 Assembly seats under it.
Talking about the West Parliamentary seat, Pradeep Kumar Behera, editor of a local English daily said, “It is unlikely that Kiren Rijiju will have a cake walk like that of 2014 when saffron brigade had spread its wave across the nation.”
“My real opponent is Nabam Tuki. The main battle I believe the person who has the potential to defeat me is Nabam Tuki. I am a person who doesn’t believe in money and muscle power, we will have a friendly and very good election this time,” Mr Rijiju stated.
Congress candidate, Mr Tuki said that people will choose a leader on whom they have faith. “We will have a friendly fight with all other candidates. People will choose a leader on whom they have faith,” the former Chief Minister said. While JD (S) candidate, Jarjum Ete said, “Election is an opportunity to choose the best one.”
“The 2019 elections for Arunachal is not only about petty political calculations. It is about the future of our people and our forests. With your votes, you decide the future. Choose well,” Ms Ete wrote in a social media post.
Elections in 57 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats will be held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh during the first phase of polling on April 11. The ruling BJP has already opened its account by winning three Assembly seats unopposed.UNI