The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections will be held on Wednesday for seven seats in five North-eastern states — Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland
Balloting will be held in two Lok Sabha constituencies each in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, one of the two constituencies in Manipur, and for the lone parliamentary seats in Mizoram and Nagaland.
While 11 Congress candidates, including CM Nabam Tuki, have been elected unopposed to the Arunachal assembly, 163 people will contest for the remaining 49 assembly seats, and 11 candidates are vying for the two Lok Sabha seats — Arunachal West and Arunachal East.
In Nagaland, CM Neiphiu Rio will fight the Lok Sabha polls against Congress candidate K V Pusa. Rio’s NPF is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
In Manipur, polling will be held for the Outer Manipur seat on April 9 while the Inner Manipur constituency will vote on April 17. Ten candidates are in the fray in Outer Manipur — including the Congress’ Thangso Baite, BJP’s Gangmumei Kamei, Trinamool Congress’s Kim Gangte and the NCP’s Chungkhokai Doungel.
In Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha constituency, it will be a triangular fight between incumbent member C.L. Ruala of the Congress, Robert Romawia Ryte of the United Democratic Front and M Lalmanzuala of the AAP.