Arunachal Pradesh: BJP wins Pasighat civic body polls



The BJP on December 26 wrested the Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) from the Congress by winning six of the eight seats of the civic body in Arunachal Pradesh.

The JD(U), in its maiden contest in the Itanagar Municipal Corporation polls, bagged four wards, according to the trends available so far.

The Congress, which had won seven seats in the 2013 PMC elections, secured only two wards this time.

Of the 20 seats of Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC), five candidates from the BJP have been elected unopposed.

“The results of four IMC wards of the remaining 15 have been declared and the JD (U) won all of them by slender margins. The counting of votes is taking place for other seats of the local body,” State Election Commission (SEC) Secretary Nyali Ete said.

The performance of the Janata Dal-United in the civic polls assumes significance as the party received a major jolt in Arunachal Pradesh, with six of its seven MLAs shifting allegiance to the ruling BJP.

The counting of votes is also going on for 142 Zilla Parishad seats and 1,670 Gram Panchayat segments in the state, the SEC official said.

According to the SEC, the BJP won 96 of the total 240 Zilla Parishad seats and 5,410 of the 8,291 gram panchayats with no contest.

At least 110 Gram Panchayat segments in the state have fallen vacant because of various reasons. The SEC will take a last call on conducting by-elections to these seats after the current electoral process is over, the official said. (PTI)

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)