Politics

Kalikho Pul’s Widow Files Nomination for Hayuliang Assembly Constituency Bypoll

People paying last respects at the coffin of Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pulon. Credit: PTI

People paying last respects at the coffin of Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. Credit: PTI

Itanagar: Dasanglu Pul, wife of former chief minister Kalikho Pul, was among the four candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday for the November 19 bypolls to the Hayuliang assembly constituency in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh.

On the last date of filing papers, Dasanglu filed her nomination from BJP, while Lupalum Kri filed his papers as a Congress candidate, state deputy chief electoral officer D. J. Bhattacharjee said in a release.

Dasanglu, wife of former chief minister Kalikho Pul, is the candidate in consensus of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), in which BJP and Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) are partners.

Yompi Kri and Konteso Kri filed their papers as independent candidates.

Scrutiny of papers would be done tomorrow and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is November 5.

Counting of votes would be done on November 22.

The seat fell vacant after the death of Kalikho Pul, who allegedly committed suicide on August 9.

The constituency, with a total electorate of 11,003, including 5,508 female voters, has 81 polling stations of which three – Kibitho, Aphumna and Taflagam are situated near the international border with China.

The highest number of voters are in Hayuliang polling station with 955 listed voters, while the Malogam polling station has only two voters.

The election commission has appointed one general observer and one expenditure observer for the by-election.

The model code of conduct has been strictly enforced in the district and till date, an amount of Rs 3,00,000, opium and several Indian made foreign liquor bottles have been seized, the release said, adding that four check-points have been set up in the district to conduct free and fair polls.