Polling in two parliamentary constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh is being held in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019 along with around 90 constituencies across other states.
The state is represented by the Arunachal East and Arunachal West parliamentary constituencies.
Arunachal East has traditionally been a Congress stronghold with the BJP winning just once in last 15 years.
Congress’s Ninong Ering is the incumbent MP from the Arunachal East constituency. Ering became an MP after defeating BJP’s Tapir Gao by over 12,000 votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
This year, the Lok Sabha contest in Arunachal East is between Congress candidate Lowancha Wanglat, BJP’s Tapir Gao and Bandey Mili of JD(S).
Spread over eight districts, the Arunachal East parliamentary constituency includes Tirap, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, East Siang, Dibang Valley, Upper Siang and Changlang.
Similarly, the Arunachal West parliamentary constituency also comprises eight districts — West Kameng, East Kameng, Tawang, West Siang, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey.
Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju is the sitting MP from the Arunachal West parliamentary constituency. Rijiju is one of the most popular leaders from the Northeast.
Rijiju has been a key figure in the Bharatiya Janata Party and has helped in cutting through the Congress vote bank in Arunachal West.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Rijiju is once again contesting from Arunachal West for the BJP. He is up against the Congress’s Nabam Tuki and Jarjum Ete of the JD(S).
Along with voting for the Lok Sabha election, Arunachal Pradesh will also witness simultaneous assembly elections for 60 seats on April 11.