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The Congress, which won seven seats in the PMC election 2013, has got only two ward seats this time. Out of the 20 seats of IMC, five BJP candidates won unopposed.
State Election Commission Secretary Nyali Aite said that election results for four of the remaining 15 wards of IMC have also come and JD (U) has won all four seats with a very narrow margin. Counting is going on in other seats of local bodies.
Congress got seven seats in the last election
In the local body elections 2013, the PMC had 12 seats and the IMC had 30 seats, but after delimitation of the wards the seats of both the urban bodies were reduced. In the last election, Congress got seven seats in PMC, BJP two and independent candidates three. In the IMC election 2013, the Congress got 21 seats. At the same time, NCP got four seats, BJP three, People’s Party of Arunachal one and independents got one seat.
The performance of the Janata Dal (United) in the local body elections matters because six of its seven MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh have joined the BJP.
In the 2019 assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, JDU fielded candidates for 15 seats, led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, out of which it won seven seats. The JDU emerged as the second largest party in the state after the BJP. BJP had got 41 seats.