ITANAGAR, March 25 - Altogether, 213 candidates have filed their nominations in Arunachal Pradesh for the State Assembly elections, till Monday, the last date for filing of papers for the April 11 polls.
On the other hand, 12 nominees have filed their papers for the two Lok Sabha seats in the State, including seven for Arunachal West and five for Arunachal East parliamentary constituency, informed Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang.
Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Pema Khandu filed his nomination for the Mukto seat before the Returning Officer at Tawang, while Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein filed his papers for the Chowkham constituency in Namsai district.
The Saffron party has fielded 64 candidates, including four substitute nominees from Pakke-Kessang, Likabali, Mebo and Koloriang seats.
The Indian National Congress has fielded 55 candidates, including two substitutes, the National People�s Party (NPP) � 31 (including two substitutes), Janata Dal (United) � 20 (including four substitutes), Janata Dal (Secular) � 15 (including one substitute) and People�s Party of Arunachal (PPA) � six and the rest Independents.
At Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district, altogether five candidates including former CM Nabam Tuki (INC), Khyoda Apik (NPP), Subu Kechi (PPA), Jomin Nyokir Kara (All India Forward Bloc) and Jarjum Ete of JD(S) filed their nominations for Arunachal West LS Constituency on Monday.
With these, the number of candidates contesting the Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat rose to seven. Earlier, BJP nominee and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Independent candidate Rumak Jomoh filed their papers on Friday last.
At Pasighat, five candidates, including Arunachal Pradesh BJP president Tapir Gao and Congress�s James Lowangcha Wanglat, have filed their papers for the Arunachal East parliamentary seat.
Three other contesting candidates are Bandey Mili of JD(S), Mongol Yomso of PPA and Ex-minister CC Singpho (Independent).
Arunachal Pradesh goes to simultaneous polls for the 60-member Assembly and the two Lok Sabha seats on April 11 next.
Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be carried out on March 26 and the candidates can withdraw their candidature on or before March 28.
The notification for the elections to the 60-member Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal was issued on March 18 last. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.