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Polling to be held in 2 LS seats in Arunachal

india Updated: Apr 15, 2009 20:26 IST

An estimated 7.34 lakh electorate in the two Lok Sabha constituencies will cast their votes as Arunachal Pradesh goes to the polls on Thursday.

While there are four candidates each in the fray for Arunachal West and Arunachal East, it is a straight fight between candidates of UPA and NDA in both.

The Congress has put up former ministers Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Erring against BJP’s Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao in West and East seats respectively.

Another former minister L Wanglat entered fray as Arunachal Congress candidate in the East seat after resigning from Congress to make the fight look like triangular.

An estimated 7,000 polling personnel have been deployed to man 2057 polling stations, many of which were located in remote areas without any means for communication.

In the tribal border state with poor road density many poll personnel trekked for two to three days through dense forest infested with wild animals and terrorists, after being dropped from helicopters to reach polling stations.

Both the seats were won by BJP candidates last time with 56.27 per cent polling recorded in 2004.

The saffron party was in power in the north eastern state for a brief period through mass defection from Congress in 2003, which helped BJP win the two parliamentary seats.