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BJP to contest 50 seats in Arunachal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 15, 2009

Itanagar, September 14, 2009(PTI):The Arunachal Pradesh unit of BJP on Monday said it will contest about 50 seats in the ensuing state assembly elections.

The party would put up candidates in about 50 seats. In the remaining constituencies, the party would support non-Congress candidates, BJP spokesman Tai Tagak said.

“Some of the sitting MLAs of the ruling Congress and Independents who did not figure in the list of 56 Congress nominees released on Sunday are in touch with us for BJP tickets,” Tagak claimed.

The party would release the full list of its nominees by September 17. It had so far released first list of 17 nominees, he said.

In the last assembly elections in 2004, BJP contested 39 out of the total 60 seats. It secured the post of the leader of the opposition for the first time in the state with nine seats.

However, the recent defection of local party stalwart Kiren Rijiju along with all its nine MLAs to Congress have weakened BJP’s position ahead of the elections, observers feel. The entry of NCP and Trinamool Congress would also reduce the anti-Congress votes.

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