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Itanagar, Sep 21: The BJP’s central election committee has declared Rongnai Maham as the official candidate for the by-election to the Kanubari Assembly constituency in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh. The decision was taken by the CEC during a meeting convened in New Delhi yesterday presided over by party chief Amit Shah, a party communique said here today. Also Read - China Increases Military Presence Near Arunachal Pradesh Border, India Moves Troops

The bye-election scheduled for October 15 was necessitated by the death of sitting MLA Newlai Tingkhatra before declaration of results of the April 19 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state. Tingkhatra had won the seat posthumously. Also Read - Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu Tests Positive For COVID-19 During Visit to Delhi; Under Home Isolation