Itanagar, Sept. 6: Five political parties are in the fray for the Arunachal Assembly polls, slated for October 13.
The BJP has released a 17-member list of candidates and the NCP and Trinamul Congress are preparing themselves to release theirs, while the ruling Congress is grappling with a “problem of plenty”.
A party source said the youth wing of the Arunachal PCC, the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress, is mounting pressure on party president Nabam Tuki for tickets to its nominees.
The Congress overtly expressed hope of securing all the 60 seats in the coming Assembly polls. However, the continuing current crisis has pushed the party on the backfoot, the source added.
The general secretary of the PCC, T.C. Tok, said a 13-member party Pradesh Election Committee comprising chief minister Dorjee Khandu, former chief minister Gegong Apang, Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi, MPs Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Ering and Nabam Tuki among others, has already recommended the names of probable candidates to the AICC.
The AICC, however, appears to be in no hurry to release the list now. “The list of 60 candidates will be duly released by the party high command,” Tok said.
The NCP, which has been gaining ground in state politics, will also announce a list of 40 candidates next week.
Senior NCP leader and national general secretary P.A. Sangma, who was on a one-day whirlwind visit to the state capital on September 3, declared his party’s intention to field candidates for 40 seats in the polls.
He said the names of party candidates were prepared and would be released next week.
NCP state unit president L. Wanglat said, “After former Independent MLA from 14 Doimukh constituency Ngurang Pinch, Congress leader Techi Kaso and youth Congress president of 32 Rumgong constituency of West Siang district J. Jerrang joined the party on August 31, some other big names, including sitting Congress MLAs, have expressed willingness to join the NCP. The NCP is happy to welcome them to its fold.”
The BJP released a list of 17 candidates earlier and will release the second list within a week’s time, party general secretary Tai Tagak said.
The Trinamul Congress announced its plan to field 60 candidates. Former Congress MLA Kito Sora, who was expelled from the Congress in August this year, was appointed the state unit president of the Trinamul Congress by party chief Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi on September 1.
Sora today said Independent MLA from Namsai Chow, Pinthika Namchoom, Arunachal Congress MLA from Daporijo, Daklo Nidak, expelled Congress MLA from Seppa, Tani Loffa, and Independent MLA from Khonsa East, Kamthok Lowang, joined the Trinamul Congress in New Delhi in front of Banerjee and MP Mukul Roy.
Several Congress MPs were camping in New Delhi seeking a Trinamul Congress ticket, Sora added.
The Janata Dal United will also contest the polls this time.