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Congress to fight Arunachal Assembly polls alone

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, March 17 - The Congress party in Arunachal Pradesh will fight the forthcoming Assembly elections alone.

The frontier State will go for simultaneous polls for its 60-member State Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats on April 11, in the first of the seven-phase Parliamentary polls.

Congress has fielded former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki from Arunachal West Parliamentary Constituency and former Home Minister James Lowangcha Wanglet from Arunachal East.

�The Congress will go solo in the forthcoming Assembly elections. There will be no pre-poll alliance. We have already 60 people put on place to take on the BJP,� stated Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy.

He also said that the party�s State unit has already finalised the names of 50 candidates out of 60 Assembly seats, and sent it to the Central Election Committee of the Congress.

�We have already finalised 50 names in the first batch, and sent it to the Central Election Committee of the party. The names are likely to be announced after Congress president Rahul Gandhi�s visit,� Sanjoy said. The Congress chief is scheduled to visit Itanagar on March 19 to kick off the party�s poll campaign.

JD(S) releases first list: Meanwhile, new entrant, Janata Dal (Secular) has on Sunday released its first list of 11 candidates for the Assembly election and one candidate for Lok Sabha polls.

The party fielded social activist Lobsang Gyatso from Mukto seat against Chief Minister Pema Khandu, while former Chief Minister Gegong Apang will contest the polls from Tuting-Yingkiong constituency.

The JD(S) also nominated Bandey Mili as its candidate from the Arunachal East Lok Sabha seat.

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