Poll fever grips Lumla assembly constituency

  • Civil society chooses Lhamu

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Jan 24: Election fever has gripped Lumla assembly constituency in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China with the Election Commission announcing the schedule for by-poll to the seat.

The schedule is: notification on January31, nomination filing on February 7, scrutiny on February 8, last date of withdrawal February 10, voting on February 27 and results will be announced on March 2. The Lumla constituency has 9,169 eligible voters – 4,712 female and 4,457 male voters and 33 polling stations.

The model code of conduct for Govts, candidates and political parties has come into force in entire Tawang district with the announcement of election schedules and remain in force till completion of the poll.

The by-poll is necessitated following sudden demise of incumbent MLA-cum-BJP leader Jambey Tashi, cousin brother of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on November 2, 2021.

In 2019 assembly elections, BJP had gained absolute majority in the 60-member house. However, with his death the strength of ruling BJP had come from 49 to 48 while Congress has 4, NPP 4, Independent 3 and one seat vacant.

On January 18, Mon Tawang Vigilance had reported from Lungla that on 07.12.22: “A public consultative meeting to project new member of legislative assembly was convened at Gakyid Zomkhang in Lungla. The house consisting of officers and public leaders, irrespective of party lines, unanimously backed Tsering Lhamu, former Tawang ZPC and spouse of late Jambey Tashi as the next MLA candidate for the remaining term.

“She is the first female ZPC of Tawang and also would be first female MLA of Tawang district, if no other nominations are filed in the by-election. A gold medalist in history from RGU, she is currently Chairman of Women’s Welfare Association Tawang.

“Lhamu has vast political experience and was actively engaged in public service with her husband during his 13 and half years as  Lunga MLA for three consecutive terms since 2009”.

While insiders has also hinted that ruling BJP would field Tsering Lhamu as candidate, Opposition Congress is yet to announce any name while People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) on Tuesday in a press conference named Leki Norbu as its candidate.

It may be recalled here that Chakat Aboh, widow of slain former MLA Tirong Aboh had won by-election to Khonsa West assembly seat as an Independent candidate in October 2019 with the support of  ruling BJP and four Opposition parties as a consensus candidate. However, time will tell the status of by-poll to Lumla seat.

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