State witnessing dizzying feats of party-hopping

[Nellie N Manpoong]

ITANAGAR, Mar 20: With the elections fast approaching, the political scenario in Arunachal Pradesh is witnessing a flurry of dizzying moves with several contenders hopping from one party to another in quick succession.
On Wednesday, the National People’s Party (NPP), the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) and the Janata Dal (United) released the names of their candidates for the legislative assembly seats.
The central executive committee of the NPP issued the names of 29 candidates for the assembly seats, which include most of those who had joined the party late Tuesday evening.
However, from among those who had joined the NPP on Tuesday, Likabali MLA Kardo Nyigyor, Borduria-Bogapani MLA Wangling Lowangdong, and former MLA Tani Loffa’s names did not figure in the list.
The PPA released the names of nine assembly candidates, along with the name of its candidate for the Arunachal West parliamentary constituency, Subu Kechi.
It is to be noted that Nyigyor has also joined the PPA and will contest for the Likabali seat.
Speaking to this daily, Nyigyor said he had been offered the NPP ticket on Tuesday but did not join the party as “it was extremely opposed to the government.”
He said he then joined the PPA “as it is a party that has always kept the best interests of the people of the state in mind and has supported governments that were willing to work for the welfare of the people.”
Nyigyor said he was shocked at the decision of the BJP to deny him a ticket, but that he was also confident of winning the Likabali seat.
This daily was unable to contact Lowangdong, Loffa and Sindhu.
Interestingly, Rudham Sindhu, who had joined the Congress with Tanga Byaling and several others on 12 March, will now be contesting for the Taliha seat on an NPP ticket.
The state selection committee of the JD (U)’s state unit released its first list of five candidates for the upcoming assembly election, fielding former MLA Tani Loffa from Seppa West.

First list of NPP MLA candidates

SI No.Name of the CandidateName of Assembly Constituency
1Shri Mutchu Mithi, MLA43-Roing
2Shri Kumar Waii, MLA8-Bameng
3.Shri Nikh Kamin, MLA49-Bordumsa-Diyum
4Shri Nikh Khopi48-Lekang
5.Shri Tirong Aboh, MLA56-Khonsa West
6.Shri Tony Pertin42-Dambuk
7.Shri Danhang Phuksa55-Khonsa East
8.Shri Tahang  Taggu32-Rumgong
9Shri Jampa Thrinley Kunkhap1-Lumla
10.Shri Tsering Gyurme4-Dirang
11.Shri Pani Taram, MLA21-Koloriang
12Shri Tapuk Taku, MLA10-Seppa East
13.Shri Jarpum Gamlin27-Liromoba
14.Shri Shoney Pertin39-Mebo
15.Shri Gokar Basar29-Basar
16.Shri Karto Kaye36-Nari-Koyu
17Shri Tarh Hari15-Sagalee
18.Shri Tarin Dakpe25-Raga
19.Shri Rudham Sindhu23-Taliha
20.Shri Porchu Tamin24-Daporijo
21Shri Aju Khonjuju7-Bomdila
22.Shri Paknga Bage26-Dumporijo
23.Shri Thangwang Wangkham, MLA59-Longding-Pumao
24.Shri Jarkar Gamlin, MLA31-Aalo(East)
25.Shri Tori Ragyor33-Mechukha
26.Shri Malin Angam47-Namsai
27.Shri Iken Tao28-Likabali
28.Shri Tawang Lowang54-Namsang
29.Shri Khawang Rangsu57-Borduria-Bogapani

 

First list of JDU MLA candidates

Sl. No.Name of ConstituencyName of Candidates
1.Shri Topin Ete30-Aalo West
2.Shri Dana Takio49-Bordumsa-Diyum
3.Shri Dongru Siongju7-Bomdila-Nafra
4.Shri Tani Loffa11-Seppa West
5.Shri Hayeng Mangfi9-Chayang Tajo

 

First list of PPA MLA and MP candidates

Sl. No.Name of ConstituencyName of Candidates
01.23 – TalihaShri. Tara Payang  Ex -MLA
02.25 – RagaShri. Nido Pavitra  Ex – MLA
03.28 – LikabaliShri. Kardo Nigyor Ex – MLA
04.34 – TutingShri. Tsepa Wangchu Khamba
05.38 – Pasighat EastShri. Ennong Ering
06.40 – Mariyang GekuShri. Ani Moyong
07.57-  Borduria BogapaniShri. Chawang Lowang
08.59 – Longding PumaoShri. Chiknga Wangpan
09.60 – Pangchao WakkaShri. Longwang Wangham
   
Sl. No.Name of ConstituencyName of Candidates
01.1 Arunachal West-Parliamentary ConstituencyAdv. Subu Kechi