ITANAGAR, Sept 21 � Rongnai Maham has been declared as the official candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the by-election to Kanubari Assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh scheduled on October 15 next.
His name was cleared at the BJP central election committee meeting in New Delhi yesterday. The meeting was presided over by party president Amit Shah. Maham, who had contested the 2014 general election from Kanubari seat on BJP ticket, was defeated by Congress nominee Newlai Tingkhatra by a margin of just 49 votes.
The bye-election was necessitated after the Kanubari seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Newlai Tingkhatra just over a week before being declared winner in the April 9, 2014 polls. The former Minister died of a massive brain stroke in a Gurgaon hospital on May 7 last.
While the date of issuing notification (September 20) has already elapsed, the last date for filing of nominations is September 27. The date for scrutiny of papers is September 29 with October 1 being the last date for withdrawal of nomination. The bye-election, if necessary, will be held on October 15 and counting of votes will take place on October 19.