ITANAGAR, May 24 - The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh clinched both the Lok Sabha seats by huge margins going by the trend in favour of the saffron party across the country.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who was locked in a multi-cornered contest in the Arunachal West Parliamentary seat with total seven contestants, won by a huge margin of 1,74,843 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Nabam Tuki of the Congress.
Rijiju polled a total of 2,25,796 votes, while Tuki could manage only 50,953 votes. The junior Home Minister had won the seat in 2014 also by a margin of 41,738 votes.
In the Eastern Arunachal seat which, too, witnessed a multi-cornered contest with five candidates in the fray, BJP State unit president Tapir Gao wrested the seat from the Congress.
Gao defeated his nearest rival, Lowangcha Wangat of the Congress, by a margin of 69,948 votes. Gao polled a total of 1,53,883 votes, while Wanglat polled 83,935 votes.
Ninong Ering of the Congress won from the seat in 2014 by a margin of 12,478 votes, defeating Gao. Gao had also won the seat in the 2009 general elections. � PTI