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BJP wins both seats in Arunachal, CM Pema Khandu says ‘Christmas gift’

Over 68.5 per cent electors had cast their votes in the December 21 bypolls, with Pakke-Kessang recording an 86-per cent voter turnout and Likabali 51 per cent.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
Updated: December 25, 2017 2:44:03 am
BJP wrests both seats from Congress in Arunachal bypolls Celebrations by BJP workers. (File photo)

THE BJP on Sunday won the by-election to both Pakke-Kessang and Likabali assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Pema Khandu described the twin victories as “perfect Christmas gift to the party”.

While the BJP’s Biyuram Waghe defeated his rival Congress candidate and former former deputy chief minister Kameng Dolo by 479 votes in a straight contest in Pakke-Kessang, Kardo Nyigyor defeated Gumke Riba of the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) by 305 votes in a four-cornered contest in Likabali, where elections were held on Thursday.

“This Christmas celebration has become all the more special. People of the two constituencies (Likabali and Pakke-Kessang) have shown that they are with good governance and development. They have witnessed the changes brought in by the BJP government and have therefore bestowed their confidence on the party under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By electing BJP nominees they foresee accelerated development of their respective regions,” Khandu said in a statement issued in Itanagar on Sunday evening.

Khandu reiterated that the two by-elections were fought by the BJP on the twin plank of development and clean governance.

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