2 Jun 2024

BJP Set for Major Victory in Arunachal, Sikkim's Ruling SKM in Command

New Delhi: The election results for the legislative assemblies of the Himalayan states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh will be announced today as vote counting is underway. The assembly elections of the northeastern states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh  were held along with the Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes is going on in both these states.

BJP has already crossed the halfway mark in Arunachal

Ten BJP candidates in Arunachal Pradesh have been elected unopposed, leaving the counting for 50 out of the 60 Assembly seats. The BJP has already crossed the halfway mark with 14 wins and leads in 33 seats. The BJP's ally, Conrad Sangma's National People's Party (NPP), is leading in six seats. Currently BJP is in power in Arunachal Pradesh.

Among those elected unopposed in Arunachal Pradesh is Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who has now won three of his four terms as MLA without contesting from Mukto in Tawang district.

Other unopposed winners in Arunachal Pradesh include Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein from Chowkham, Techi Kaso from Itanagar, Nyato Dukam from Taliha, and Mutchu Mithi from Roing.

2019 Arunachal Pradesh Election Recap

In the 2019 assembly election, the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) won seven seats, the NPP five, Congress four, and the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) one seat. Two independent candidates also won.

Incumbent SKM has crossed the halfway mark in early trends in Sikkim

Sikkim Elections: In Sikkim, the incumbent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has crossed the halfway mark in early trends, winning two seats and leading in 31. The opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is leading in one seat.

Sikkim's Bipolar Contest

The ruling SKM in Sikkim, primarily locked in a contest with the SDF, hopes for a second straight term as votes for 32 assembly seats are counted.

Both the SKM and SDF have fielded candidates for all 32 seats. The BJP has fielded candidates in 31 seats, and the new Citizen Action Party-Sikkim (CAP-S) in 30 seats. The Congress is contesting 12 seats.

Leading the SKM's bid, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang is contesting from the Rhenock and Soreng-Chakung constituencies, facing a multi-cornered contest.

 Former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who led the state for five terms, expressed confidence that the people have voted his party, the SDF, back into power.

In 2019, the SKM ended the SDF's 25-year rule by winning 17 seats against the SDF's 15. Despite polling more votes overall, the SDF was unseated due to the 'first past the post' system.

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