Nabam Rebia submitting his papers to the state legislative assembly secretary K Habung, and the returning officer as appointed by Election Commission

Itanagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday fielded seasoned politician Nabam Rebia as its candidate for Rajya Sabha. Out of 24 seats, for which elections will be held on June 19, Arunachal Pradesh will contest for its lone seat in the Upper House of Parliament.

Rebia submitted his papers to the state legislative assembly secretary K Habung, who has been appointed as the returning officer by the Election Commission, joint chief electoral officer D J Bhattacharjee informed.

The last date of filing nominations in the state has been fixed as Tuesday (June 9) and scrutiny of papers would be held on June 10. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is June 12 while the election process will be completed by June 22.

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The 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly has 41 BJP legislators while the Janata Dal United (JDU) has 7 members.

The Congress and National People’s Party (NPP) have four legislators each and the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal, the lone regional party in the state, has one member. There are a total of three independents.

Rebia, who has already represented the state in the Upper House of Parliament for two consecutive terms from 1996 to 2002 and 2002 to 2008 as Congress candidate, has also served as the state speaker and cabinet minister.

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