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Dedicated candidates to prevent defection: NCP

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 19:10

Itanagar: The NCP in Arunachal Pradesh has
said it has taken written commitments from the candidates for
the October 13 polls that they will not switch over to another
camp after the elections in the state.

"We took a written commitment from the candidates on
stamp papers that they will not switch loyalty as witnessed
in the past," party leader P A Sangma said.

Sangma along with his daughter Agatha, a Union Minister,
is on a campaign trail in the state.

"We have been very choosy in selecting our candidates.
They are young, educated and known for their commitment," he

The Congress had won 33 seats in the 60-member outgoing
assembly. The BJP had held 9 seats, NCP and Arunachal Congress
two each and Independents 14.

All MLAs of BJP and NCP later switched over to the
Congress, while the Independents and Arunachal Congress
legislators either joined the Congress or provided outside
support leaving the House without a single opposition member.

"The people are fed up with the turncoats who switch
loyalty to whichever party comes to power, a common trend
observed in most small states in the North East," Agatha
Sangma said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 19:10

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