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Congress set to retain power in Arunachal

Last updated on: October 22, 2009 15:35 IST

The ruling Congress is heading for a victory in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly, winning 25 seats and leading in six others, leaving rivals and United Progressive Alliance partners Trinamool Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, which have won two seats each, far behind.


Of the 25 seats won by the Congress, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and two others were elected unopposed. The party had contested all the 60 seats.


Among the Congress heavyweights who won were Arunchal Pradesh Congress Committee president Nabam Tuki from Sagalee, Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin from Liromoba, Industries Minister Tanga Byalin from Nacho, Finance Minister Kaliko Pul from Lekang, Water Resources Development minister Tako Dabi from Nari-Koyu and Food and Civil Supplies minister C C Singpho from Bordumsa-Diyum.


Among the prominent losers were Tsering Gyurmi, a close confidante of the chief minister, who lost to People's Party of Arunachal candidate Phurpa Tsering. Omak Apang , son of former chief minister Gegong Apang, lost to BJP's Tangor Tapak of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Pasighat West.


The Trinamool Congress, which contested the elections for the first time in the state, has won two seats so far -- Khonsa East and Chayang Tajo. The NCP won two seats and the BJP won one. The candidates of the People's Party of Arunachal Pradesh won from the Palin and Dirang seats.

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