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Modi’s BJP sweeps polls in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China

The Hindu nationalist party won 34 out of 60 seats and was leading in another 11 in Arunachal Pradesh. In Sikkim,

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (PTI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday (2) returned to power in the north-easternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh for the third time in a row, as the party secured a majority by winning 34 seats in the 60-member assembly, the Election Commission of India said. It was also leading in 11 seats.

The National People’s Party, an ally of the BJP, won two seats and was leading in three. The opposition Indian National Congress was leading in just one seat while others in eight.

To form a government in the state, a party or alliance needs to win 31 seats out of 60.

Counting of votes is underway for 50 seats for which elections were held in the state on April 19, when the general elections also kicked off. The remaining 10 seats were won by the saffron party uncontested. Chief minister of the state, Prema Khandu, was among those who won uncontested.

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Sikkim’s ruling party sweeps

In Sikkim, another north-eastern state that also went to polls on April 19, the incumbent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) swept the elections. The state has 32 seats in its assembly and to form a government, a party/alliance must win 17 seats. The SKM had already won 16 seats and was leading in 15. The opposition Sikkim Democratic Front won just one seat.

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Incumbent chief minister Prem Singh Tamang, who first became the chief minister in 2019, told the media, “I thank the people of Sikkim and our party workers. We worked for the people with all our heart. That’s why we have won.”

The BJP failed to win any seat in Sikkim.

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