Arunchal Congress announces list for Oct 13 Assembly polls
Itanagar: The ruling Congress in Arunachal
Pradesh today announced the names of 58 candidates for next
month`s elections to the 60-member assembly, while dropping
around a dozen sitting MLAs.
Stating that the remaining four names would be announced
shortly, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and state Congress chief
Nabam Tuki told a press conference here that the party took
note of reports of agencies and recommendations right from
block level before finalising nominees.
Claiming that there was no groupism in the ruling party,
they said grant of ticket to former chief minister Gegong
Apang, whom Khandu had toppled in April 2007, and his son Omak
Apang was proof of non-discrimination.
The dozen sitting MLAs were dropped because of poor
performance during the last Lok Sabhs elections, they said.
Khandu said that all senior Congress leaders including
Tuki and former chief minister Mukut Mithi have been working
with him for strengthening the party.
Asked whether he would stake claim to be the chief
ministerial candidate, Khandu said the newly elected MLAs
would elect their leader. However, he was ready to shoulder
the responsibility if the CLP so decided.
The two leaders claimed the party retain power by
winning at least 50 of the 60 seats.