Independent candidate, backed by BJP and Congress, wins Arunachal byelection

Independent candidate Chakat Aboh, widow of assassinated MLA Tirong Aboh, has won Khonsa West seat in Arunachal Pradesh by a margin of 1887 votes.

She defeated independent candidate Azet Homtok, who polled 3818 votes.

Byelections were necessitated in the constituency after MLA Tirong Aboh was gunned down by suspected militants in May, two days ahead of poll results.

In a rare show of unity, all political parties, including Congress and the BJP, fielded Aboh’s widow, Ms. Chakat Aboh, as a common candidate.

An estimated 89 per cent of the over 10,000 voters had exercised their franchise in the by-election to the seat held on October 21.


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