BJP names candidates for 54 Assembly seats

*HM among 10 sitting MLAs excluded, JD(S) in poll fray
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The ruling BJP announced names of 54 Assembly candidates along with Andhra Pradesh after party’s central election committee (CEC) met in New Delhi on Saturday under the chairmanship of president Amit Shah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HM Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and CEC office bearers cleared the lists in the meeting, according to a release issued by CEC secretary Jagat Prasad Nadda.
Most of the sitting legislators were granted tickets, except Home Minister Kumar Waii (Bameng), Karya Bagang (Chayangtajo), Tapuk Taku (Seppa East), Industries Minister Jarkar Gamlin (Along East), Pani Taram (Koloraing), Lombo Tayeng (Mebo), Wanglin Lowangdong (Borduira-Bogapani), Thangwang Wangham (Longding Pumao), Puni Mara (Taliha) and Kardo Nyikior (Likabali), while candidates for Itanagar, Doimukh, Nyapin, Tali and Mariang-Geku are yet to be named. Jummum Ete Deori (Lekang) is only female candidate while Bagang was one of the three sitting woman MLAs.
After Congress named former chief minister Nabam Tuki and former home minister L Wanglat as candidates for Lok Sbaha West and East seat respectively as per 27 names out by AICC GS Mukul Wasnik (NE in-charge) on Saturday, AIMC general secretary Jarjum Ete, who was an aspirant for West seat, resigned from the party on Saturday on being disheartened by the decision. Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) contesting for the first time from the state, has named Jarjum Ete and Bandey Mili as candidates for West and East Lok Sabha seats respectively and 11 MLA candidates.
Former chief minister Gegong Apang, who is also JD(S) NE convener northeast, will contest from Tuting-Yingkiong seat in Upper Siang district, JD(S) state president Rokom Apang announced while releasing the first list of candidates here on Sunday.
The JD(S) has fielded Lama Lobsang Gyatso, a 39-year-old monk, spearheading anti-mega dam movement in Tawang district, from Mukto Assembly seat against Chief Minister Pema Khandu. This will be the first time since 2004 that Mukto seat would witness a contest. Other JD (S) candidates are: Tsering Dorjee (Tawang), Wangshu Wangsu (Longding-Pumao), Wangmaan Lowangcha (Khonsa East), Dr Rima Taipodia (Likabali), Nyadar Loya (Aalo West), Tapang Taloh (Pasighat West), Takam Paleng (Lekang), Shotike Hopak (Namsai) and Pike Pulu (Bordumsa-Diyun).
Names of BJP candidates shown against their respective seats have been given green signal for the poll fray: Jambey Tashi (Lumla); Tsering Tashi (Tawang); Pema Khandu (Mukto); Phurpa Tsering (Dirang); Kumsi Sidisow (Thrizino-Buragaon); Japu Deru (Bomdila); Goruk Pordung (Bameng), Laching Kacha Yangfo (Chayangtajo); Ealing Tallang (Seppa East); Mama Natung (Seppa West); Biyuram Wahge (Pakke-Kessang); Dominic Tadar (Sagalee); Taba Tedir (Yachuli); Tage Taki (Ziro-Hapoli); Balo Raja (Palin); Lokam Tassar (Koloriang); Nakap Nalo (Nacho); Nyato Rigia (Taliha); Taniya Soki (Daporijo); Tamar Murtem (Raga); Rode Bui (Dumporijo); Nyamar Karbak (Liromoba); Tapak Lendo (Likabali); Gojen Gadi (Basar); Tumke Bagra (Along West); Kento Jini (Along East); Tamiyo Taga (Rumgong); Pasang Dorjee Sona (Mechukha); Alo Libang (Tuting Yingkiong); Ojing Tasing (Pangin); Kento Rina (Nari-Koyu); Tatung Jamoh (Pasighat West); Kaling Moyong (Pasighat East); Dr. Dangi Perme (Mebo); Mopi Mihu (Anini); Gum Tayeng (Dambuk); Laeta Umbrey (Roing); Dr. Mohesh Chai (Tezu); Dasanglu Pul (Hayuliang); Chowna Mein (Chowkham); Zingnu Namchoom (Namsai); Jummum Ete Deori (Lekang); Jawra Maio (Bordumsa-Diyum); Kamlung Mosang (Miao); Laisam Sima (Nampong); Phosum Khimhun (Changlang South); Tesam Pongte (Changlang North); Wangki Lowang (Namsang); Wanglam Sawin (Khonsa East); Phawang Lowang (Khonsa West); Jowang Hosai (Borduria Bogapani); Gabriel Denwang Wangsu (Kanubari); Tanpho Wangnaw (Longding Pumao) and Honchun Ngandam (Pongchao-Wakka).

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