The Congress party has retained the Liromoba Assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh, counting for which was held on Monday, with the party’s nominee Nyamar Karbak defeating his nearest BJP rival Bai Gadi by a margin of 119 votes in a five-cornered contest. While Karbak polled 3808 votes, Gadi polled 3689.
The BJP, which was hoping to wrest the seat from the Congress, failed to make it, after Lijum Ronya, a party aspirant joined the fray as an indenepdent.
Ronya polled 2589 votes, thus cutting deep into the BJP’s support base. This happened despite Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, campaigned vigorously.
The Liromoba Assembly constituency had fallen vacant when former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin had died on November 30, 2014 following a brief illness.
Gamlin, who was thrice elected from Liromoba, was chief minster of Arunachal Pradesh for exactly six months before quitting on October 31, 2011 amid a major political crisis.
The BJP, which had initially considered fielding the former chief minister’s younger brother Jarpum Gamlin, later nominated Bai Gadi instead.
Votes polled by the three independents who were also in the fray are as follows: Lijum Ronya (2589), Raksap Yomcha (355) and Johny Tali (40). Nine votes were also cast against NOTA.
The party-wise break-up in the Arunachal Pradesh state assembly is: Congress – 47, BJP – 11, Independents – 2.