Itanagar, June 18: Arunachal Pradesh PCC president and former chief minister Mukut Mithi is set to return to the Upper House of Parliament for the second consecutive term when the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state goes to poll tomorrow.
The Congress in the state enjoys two-thirds majority with 41 MLAs in the 60-seat Assembly and has the support of the regional People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA).
PPA president Passang Sona today said all five of his party’s MLAs are supporting Mithi’s candidacy “for the sake of the state”. Sona said the lone regional party from Arunachal Pradesh is “not picking sides with any political party but is in solidarity with Mithi”.
The two Independent candidates in the state Assembly, too, are expected to support the Congress candidate but the BJP is still upbeat about its prospects.
BJP legislature party president Tamiyo Taga said the party has been in touch with MLAs across political affiliations and is hopeful of a good showing. The BJP has 11 MLAs in the state Assembly and has nominated former MLA Tapen Siga as its Rajya Sabha candidate.
“We are aware of our limitations,” said Taga in reference to the fact that the numbers are stacked against the BJP, but added that he is “hopeful of cross-voting”.
Election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat was announced following the expiry of the term of office of the incumbent MP on May 26.
An official from the state election commission said polling will be held from 9am to 4pm and the result will be declared immediately after completion of the poll process.