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BJP to contest about 50 seats in Arunachal

india Updated: Sep 14, 2009 22:38 IST

Opposition BJP will contest about fifty seats in the ensuing state assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, according to a spokesman of the state unit.

"Some of the sitting MLAs of the ruling Congress and Independets who did not figure in the list of 56 Congress nominees released yesterday are in touch with us for BJP tickets," the spokesman Tai Tagak said on Monday.

However, BJP would release the full list of its nominees by September 17. It had so far released first list of 17 nominees and was waiting for the Congress to release its list of candidates.

BJP would put up candidates in the range of 50 depending on the response. In the seats where it would not contest, the party would support non-Congress candidates, he said.

In the last assembly elections in 2004, BJP contested 39 out of total 60 seats and won nine seats and secured the leader of the opposition post for the first time in the state.

However the recent defection of local party stalwart Kiren Rijiju and all its nine MLAs to Congress have weakened its position ahead of the the elections, observers feel. The entry of NCP and Trinamool Congress would also reduce the anti-Congress votes.