Itanagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in Arunachal Pradesh has won five out of 20 wards of Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) unopposed, said the Arunachal Pradesh State Election Commission on Tuesday.
Tamune Miso, Joint Secretary to the Arunachal Pradesh State Election Commission, said, "In Itanagar Municipality, five out of 20 wards have got their representatives elected unopposed after the last date of withdrawal of nomination on Monday. All the five elected are BJP nominees."
Among those who have been elected unopposed 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.
Meanwhile, 36 candidates still remain in fray for the remaining 15 wards that go to polls on December 22.
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 data made available by the poll panel.
Itanagar capital region BJP unit president Tarh Soping expressed his joy on winning five seats of the Itanagar Municipal Corporation unopposed, "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 also said that he is confident about the saffron party being the new body of Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC).
For Pasighat Municipal Council, all eight wards will go to the polls with 17 candidates in the fray. Except for Ward No. 3, all seven will witness a straight fight between ruling BJP and Opposition Congress. While Ward No. 3 is set to witness a triangular fight with the third party being National People's Party (NPP).