Cong capture 3 seats in Arunachal without contest

Arunachal  Pradesh  Chief  Minister  Dorjee    Khandu and two other  Congress candidates are set to be elected to the new state  Assembly unopposed as no other candidate has filed nominations against them, election office sources said after nominations closed.

For Khandu, it would be third time in a row to fight elections unopposed from Mukto constituency. Tsewang Dhondup and Jambe Tashi are also going to be elected unopposed from Tawang and Lumla constituencies.

All the three constituencies are in predominantly Buddhist dominated Tawang district.

In 2004 besides Khandu, Nabam Tuki and Tsering Gurmey were elected unopposed.

Altogether, 181 candidates are now left in the electoral battle in the state. However, the picture will be clear on September 29 as it is the last date of the withdrawal.The ruling Congress is fielding 63 candidates (including three dummies) while BJP is contesting in 22 seats, followed by NCP (39), Janata Dal United (3) and Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) contesting from 12 seats including 14 Independents.

Polling for the 60-member assembly is scheduled for October 13.

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