ITANAGAR, Dec 8 - The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh has won five out of the 20 wards of the Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) unopposed, a senior State Election Commission (SEC) official said here today.
�In the Itanagar Municipality, five out of 20 wards have got their representatives elected unopposed after last date of withdrawal of nomination on Monday. All the five elected are BJP nominees,� SEC Joint Secretary Tamune Miso told newsmen.
The winners include former Deputy Chief Councillor Tarh Nachung from Ward No. 19, Kipa Takum from Ward No. 18, Arun Kipa Loram from Ward No. 20, Tai Yakia from Ward No. 12 and Gyamar Tuvin from Ward No. 14.
As many as 36 candidates remain in the fray for the remaining 15 wards, in the forthcoming polls to the urban local bodies. Out of the 36 candidates, 15 are from the BJP, 14 from the Janata Dal (United), four from the National People�s Party (NPP) and three from the Congress, as per the data made available by the State poll panel.
Meanwhile, all eight wards of the Pasighat Municipal Council will go to polls with 17 candidates in the fray. Except for Ward No. 3, the rest seven wards will witness a straight fight between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress. Ward No. 3 is set to witness a triangular fight with the third party being the Conrad Sangma-led NPP.
Polling for both the municipal bodies will be held simultaneously with that of the two-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State on December 22.
Meanwhile, expressing happiness on winning five seats unopposed in the Itanagar Municipality, Capital district BJP unit president Tarh Soping said, �This shows the people�s unequivocal support and faith towards our young and dynamic Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s visionary approach towards development and good governance.�
He exuded confidence that the saffron party would form the new IMC body.