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Campaigning picks up pace in Arunachal Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  Itanagar 

With electioneering gaining momentum for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh, political parties are on star campaigners, platforms and door-to-door visits to woo voters in the northeastern state.

The ruling as well as the opposition have invited star campaigners to hold public meetings in the state.

is scheduled to speak at a rally at Pasighat in district on April 3 next.

Modi had addressed a public meeting at Aalo in West Siang district on March 30.

"will hold another public meeting at Namsai on April 5 and is likely to hold an election rally in the state later this week," state unit executive vice said.

"We are conducting door-to-door campaigns in all the villages under the supervision of our district presidents and election campaign offices have been opened in the villages," Phassang, also the of BJP's campaign committee, said.

and party general secretary are likely to address election rallies in the state but the dates have not yet been finalized, Committee (APCC) general secretary said.

"We are canvassing for our candidates in all the constituencies and also on to drum up support for our nominees," Taya said.

The (NPP), contesting for the first time in the states electoral scene, is counting on its president Conrad Sangma, who is the of Meghalaya, as its star

The NPP is a member of the BJP-floated North East

The United and the Secular, also making their debut in the state's assembly polls, are yet to finalize the names of their star campaigners.

Campaigning has also come of age in the state with the use of like and Whatsapp.

With television and radio still being used by candidates and campaigners, social media is being extensively used to woo young voters.

The is seeking a mandate for curbing corruption and initiating development work while opposition Congress is putting forth (TAH) compensation scam as its poll plank, party leaders said.

The contentious PRC issue, which resulted in the death of three persons in police firing in February, is likely to be another issue to be taken up by the majority of the opposition parties.

Though had withdrawn the move, the Conngress has raked up the issue of police firing on the protestors.

The grant of permanent resident certificates (PRC) to the non-Scheduled Tribe (APST) communities of Namsai and Chanaglang districts, had also caused loss of public and private property.

Claiming that the BJP would bring back the Citizenship Amendment Bill if it is elected, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had told an election rally on March 19 that his party would scrap the Bill, if voted to power.

The BJP is also on development, particularly, the implementation of the welfare programmes of the NDA government at the Centre. has a BJP-led government.

Elections to Arunachal Pradeshs 57 assembly seats and two parliamentary constituencies will be held simultaneously on April 11. Three BJP candidates were elected unopposed to the 60-member House, after the final date of withdrawal of candidature on March 28.

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First Published: Mon, April 01 2019. 13:46 IST