May 17

Party-wise results


Indian National Congress          : 42 (including 11 uncontested)

Bharatiya Janata Party              : 11

People’s Party of Arunachal       : 4

Independent                              : 2

Bye-election                  : 58-Kanubari constituency

                                     (INC candidate won posthumously)


N.B:Eastern Parliamentary and Koloriang Assembly Constituency : Result will be made available on 17/5/2014…                                                

Source : DIPR



News Impact

Congress retains power in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, May 16: Though Congress party was decimated in the rest of the country in Parliamentary elections, the grand old party of the country- INC managed to come back to power in Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. The Congress won 42 seats including 11 uncontested and is all set to form next government in the state. However, Congress suffered serious setback as many senior leaders lost the election. Prominent losers include Tako Dabii, Setong Sena, Karikho Kri, CC Singpho, Padi Richo and Bosiram Siram. The BJP bagged eleven seats while PPA won 4 seats. Two Independent candidates were also declared winners.

Former home minister and veteran MLA from Nari Koyu constituency, Dabii lost the election to retired DDSE Kento Rina of BJP by a margin of 389 votes. It is believed that anti-incumbency factor contributed to his defeat. In another major upset, one of the popular Congress leaders of state Setong Sena lost to Laisam Simai of BJP. Interestingly Simai was working as senior personal assistant (SPA) of Sena and had resigned from his job just few days prior to election.

In other interesting results Dr Mohesh Chai of BJP defeated Karikho Kri of Congress, PPA president Nikh Kamin defeated CC Singhpho and Er Tage Taki of BJP defeated senior Congress leader Padi Richo. BJP candidate and former Chief Minister of Arunachal Gegong Apang lost to Alo Libang of Congress. Sitting BJP MLA from Daporijo Tapen Siga lost to Dikto Yeker of Congress. BJP candidate Kaling Moyong defeated  Bosiram Siram (INC) by a margin of 50 votes from  Pasighat East Constituency.

Congress  winners included Kalikho Pul (Hayuliang),  Jarbom Gamlin (LIROMOBA),  Techi Kaso (Itanagar). Other INC candidates  Kumsi Sidisow won from Thrizino-Buragaon constituency by defeating BJP nominee Gandhi Sakrinsow, first-timer Zingnu Namchoom won from Namsai defeating C P Namchoom of BJP by a margin of 4311 votes, Phosum Khimhun from Changlang South seat defeating his nearest rival John Jugli of NCP by 1994 votes. RWD Minister Kumar Waii won from Bameng constituency defeating his nearest rival Vijay Sonam of BJP

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had won uncontested from Sagalee constituency along with Power Electrical, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling (Nacho) and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu (Mukto), who were among the 11 to be elected unopposed.

As per as vote percentage is concerned, Congress got 49.5%, BJP 30.8%, PPA 9.2%, NCP 4.0%, NOTA 1.1% and NPF 0.8%.



BJP wins  West Parliament seat

ITANAGAR, May 16:  BJP   candidate from Arunachal West Parliament seat  Kiren Rijiju won the Parliamentary election by defeating  his nearest rival sitting MP Takam Sanjoy of the Congress by a marging of 41738 votes, elections for which was held on April 9, according to ECI source.

Rijiju fought a multi-cornered contest with eight candidates from the seat.

In the Eastern Parliament seat, Congress candidate and Union minister of state for minority affairs Ninong Ering is surging ahead of BJP's Tapir Gao by a margin of 12478 votes in a triangular contest.

In 2009 both Sanjoy and Ering won the seats by a margin of 1,314 votes and 68,449 votes respectively.

Rijiju and Gao won both the seats in 2004 by a margin of 47,424 votes (Arunachal West) and 44,994 votes (Arunachal East) respectively.



State BJP celebrates victory at Centre

ITANAGAR, May 16: The State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated the party’s thumping election victory by bursting crackers and cutting cakes at party head office here today.

Leading the workers, supporters and rank and file in celebrating the historic victory, party’s state president Tai Tagak extended heartfelt thanks and congratulation to the voters of the state in particular and the country in general for reposing faith on BJP and giving clear mandate to the party in the Lok Sabha election.

The party welcomed and honored the mandate given out by the people.

Tagak assured that the party will play the role of a responsible opposition in side as well as out side the assembly.



Modi storms to power; gets absolute majority for BJP

New Delhi, May 16: Narendra Modi rewrote history today storming to power at the Centre with a "triple century", giving NDA an unexpected 336 seats in the Lok Sabha and BJP an absolute majority on its own for the first time in an election that decimated Congress to its lowest ever tally of 44.

Riding a strong anti-Congress wave, the 63-year-old Gujarat Chief Minister produced an astounding win for the BJP which attained a strong pan-India presence as never before.

NDA which comprises BJP and 24 smaller parties, scored a facile victory exceeding its own expectations as did the BJP which touched 282 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha to become the first party in 30 years to get a majority on its own after Rajiv Gandhi's massive score of 417 seats in 1984.

Modi, who pledged to take everyone along in a victory speech, will arrive here tomorrow and is expected to be sworn in as India's 16th Prime Minister sometime next week.

Nominees of some of his allies will find a place in the Modi cabinet which will be dominated by BJP.

A strong showing in the Hindi heartland, consisting of UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand where the BJP won as many as 190 out of 225 seats led to the rout of not only the Congress but regional players such as SP, BSP, JD(U) and RJD.

BJP also swept Modi's home state of Gujarat and did exceedingly well in the crucial state of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Assam.

In the outgoing Lok Sabha, BJP had 116 members on a national voteshare of 18.8 per cent while Congress had 206 members with a voteshare of 28.55 per cent. In the current elections, BJP got a voteshare of 31.4 per cent against Congress' 19.5 per cent.

This time, Congress was virtually decimated as it bagged only 44 seats, its lowest tally ever. Party president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility for the defeat.

Riding the Modi wave, BJP has come a long way from a party of two Lok Sabha members in 1984. Even at the height of the popularity of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it could manage to get only 182 in 1998 and 1999, on the back of Ayodhya movement.

The Congress found it difficult to cross the double digit mark in most of the states as BJP swept Gujarat (26), Rajasthan (25), Delhi (7), Uttarakhand (5), Himachal Pradesh (4) and Goa (2).

BJP also nearly swept the crucial heartland state of Uttar Pradesh where it bagged 16 seats and was ahead in 55 of the total 80 seats. Its ally Apna Dal was leading in two seats. All the other seats were won by two political families.

Only regional parties AIADMK, Trinamool Congress and BJD were able to stymie the saffron march in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Odisha, respectively.

AIADMK had won five seats and was leading in 32, while TMC had won 12 and was ahead in 22. BJD was set for a near sweep as it was leading in 19 of 21 seats. PTI



India to have one party rule after 25 years

NEW DELHI, May 16: In an era of coalition politics, BJP has virtually done the impossible by wining a majority on its own, putting India under single party rule after 25 years.

The scale and significance of BJP’s victory could be gauged from the fact that since 1989, no single party could form government on its own.

The last 25 years were marked by various types of coalition governments led by Congress, BJP as also United Front and a minority government.

While emerging as the party with a majority of its own, the BJP has also managed to increase its vote share in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

As per the latest data available, BJP’s vote share stood at 32.3 per cent of the total votes polled. Till 6 pm, BJP had won 128 seats and was leading in 155 other.

Its victory march has been so impressive that it has put its sway over the entire states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Its vote share in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was 18.80 per cent of the total votes polled.

It was in 1984 that Congress managed a majority of its own in the Lok Sabha. The elections that year were held in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

In 2009, Congress’ vote share stood at 28.55 per cent.

Facing rout in many states, its vote share now stands at 20.1 per cent. According to latest trends, it has so far won 19 seats and is leading in 26.

The vote share figures will change by the time the last official result is announced.

The BSP, which had won 21 seats in 2009 general elections, had grabbed a vote share of 6.17 per cent. Though it has so far failed to open its account even in Uttar Pradesh, its vote share stands at 4.4 per cent.

Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which had won 19 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, had managed a vote share of 31.21 per cent.

In these elections, the party has so far won 10 seats and is leading in 24 others. Despite an impressive performance, its vote share has dipped to 4.1 per cent. PTI



In victory, Modi reaches out to opposition

VADODARA, May 16: After a landslide victory, Narendra Modi today reached out to the opposition seeking cooperation of all parties and leaders in running the nation and dedicated himself to serve everyone equally.

In a gracious 45-minute victory speech here, Modi said the government does not belong to any particular party but to all the people of the country.

"For a government, no one is a favourite, nor is anyone an alien," he asserted to a cheering crowd of supporters whom he thanked for giving him a victory by 5.70 lakh votes.

Committing himself to running the country in the best spirit of the Constitution, Modi said, "my responsibility is to take everyone along in running the nation."

"In a democracy, there are no enemies but only competitors. That competition ends with elections," he said, adding his motto is "sabka sath, sabka vikas (with all, development for all)."

Congratulating winners in the Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly elections in some states irrespective of parties, Modi said, "I extend my best wishes to MPs and MLAs of all parties. I hope that I will get their support in taking the country forward."

Apparently referring to recrimination during the campaign, he said he would convert the "love" shown by his opponents into "pure love".

"In a democracy, there are no enemies but only competitors. This competition is the beauty of our democracy," he said, adding "bitterness" is over with the campaign.

"I want to assure the people of the country that for us it is our motto to carry along everyone however much they may oppose us. We will try to ensure that there will be nothing lacking on this front," he said.  PTI



Sonia, Rahul accept responsibility for party’s defeat

NEW DELHI, May 16: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Friday accepted responsibility for the Congress’ worst-ever defeat in the Lok Sabha elections but made it clear the party will continue to fight for social harmony and issues of national interest.

Making a brief appearance before the media at the AICC headquarters without taking any questions, the two congratulated the new government and wish them all the best. Rahul, who was anointed the campaign chief of the party in January, said BJP has got the mandate of the people. “I congratulate them… I wish them all the best,” he said.

He said the Congress has done badly in the elections and the party will need to think about it.

“As Congress Vice President, with all humility I take responsibility for this,” he said. Sonia, who spoke later, “the people’s mandate is against us and I humbly accept the verdict… As Congress President, I take responsibility for it.”

Extending congratulations to the new government, she, however, said, “we hope that it will not compromise with the social unity and national interests. Congress will continue to fight for its principles and will not make any compromise,” she said. PTI



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---- Editorial ----


Exciting days ahead

The result of Arunachal assembly election has thrown up interesting results. Veteran leaders like Tako Dabii, Bosiram Siram, Setong Sena and Padi Richo lost the election after being in power for many years. Their defeat shows that citizens will not hesitate to punish those leaders who don’t work for the development of the area. It should serve as warning signal to all the leaders of state. Opposition parties like BJP and PPA have won handsome number of seat this time in compare to the past. There is no doubt Congress party will form next government in Arunachal as they got absolute majority.

But the prospect of strong opposition taking on ruling party augurs well for the cause of democracy in Arunachal. For years Arunachal has been witnessing one party domination without being held accountable. Many attribute this as one of the reasons for underdevelopment of Arunachal. Democracy finally seems to have bloomed in Arunachal with these results. The days ahead look exciting and hopefully elected representatives of state will fulfill aims and aspirations of citizen of this great state.

---- Readers Forum ----



Inclusion of Ziro as WHS will boost tourism sector of state

Dear Editor,

Inclusion of Ziro as UNESCO world heritage site will boost tourism sector and can become focal point for trickledown effect on other important sites of the state. The immense untapped tourism potential can be reaped, generating huge employment opportunities. As the industry has the potential and is inclusive in nature, the economic avenues in terms of transport, hospitality services, tourist guides, impetus to local handicrafts and overall display of Arunachal's soft power in the field of rich culture, traditions, dialects and the people at large. Simultaneously it will indirectly or directly protect our rich cultural heritage by protecting our endemic and rich biodiversity.

In this exercise every effort by government, individual citizens, civil societies and Ngo's will matter a lot. It is no time to wait and watch to let it happen. However, the work and every idea must not confine only upto Ziro and its periphery. This endeavour must grow in others areas too.


Joram Aatum

New Delhi





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