By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Apr 12: Mukto Assembly seat in Tawang district witnessed election after 2004 with monk Lama Lobsang, spearheading anti-dam movement, facing straight contest with Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Khandu, who heads BJP Govt since December 2016, was one of 16 Congress contestants who were elected unopposed in 2014. He had no rival even in the 2011 by-election. The death of his father and former Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu, in a helicopter crash in April 2011 had necessitated the by-election. Dorjee Khandu had won the Mukto seat uncontested first in 1990 and in 2004 and 2009.
The Chief Minister, like his father, favours tapping the Himalayan rivers of Arunachal Pradesh for hydel projects.
“Our State has huge hydro-power potential but getting clearance for projects is a major hindrance. The issue must be discussed to sort out such hindrances,” he had told industry captains at an event last year.
Dorjee Khandu had scripted the State’s hydro-power policy in 2007, which entailed charging upfront money from dam developers per megawatt of installed capacity. Between 2007 and 2015, the state Govt signed agreements with public sector and private players for 142 hydro-power projects ranging from 4.5 MW to 4,000 MW capacity toeing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s plan to generate 50,000 MW of hydro-power by 2017.
This policy was in line with Arunachal Pradesh accounted for most of the projects envisaged.
DIPRO adds: Luguthang polling booth recorded 100% polling, according to Jang ADC. The hamlet under Mukto Assembly seat, represented by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, has 35 voters. It is located 13,500-metre above the sea level and about 97-km away from district HQs Tawang.
The polling was peaceful without any untoward incident, but the process was delayed in five polling stations under Lumla Assembly seat due to technical errors in VVPAT and EVM, which were replaced. However, polling percentage was 60%, 69.19% and 74.55% in Tawang, Mukto and Lumla Assembly seats respectively till 3 pm.
By A O News Service