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Congress leads in Arunachal Pradesh, set to sweep

india Updated: Oct 22, 2009 11:21 IST

The ruling Congress surged ahead in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday winning six seats and leading in 10 others as counting of votes progressed to pick a new 60-member legislature.

Polling took place for 57 seats on October 13 after three candidates were declared elected unopposed. They included Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and two more Congress members, Tsewang Dhondup and Jambey Tashi.

According to latest trends and results, Wangi Lowang of the Congress defeated his nearest Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rival by 2,693 votes in Namsang constituency.

Tapang Taloh of the Congress won the Pangin seat by 2,781 votes defeating NCP's Kaling Jerang. Another Congress winner was Karikho Kri.

Trends available from 10 seats indicated that the Congress candidates were forging ahead.

Voting for the 60-member assembly took place October 13 with some 72 percent of the 750,000 voters exercising their franchise.

A total of 154 candidates were in the fray, with the Congress fielding candidates in all the 60 seats.

Apart from the Congress, the NCP fielded 36 candidates, the Bharatiya Janata Party 22 and the Trinamool Congress 26.