1980 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election

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1980 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election

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All 30 seats in the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
16 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Gegong Apang.jpg Indian Election Symbol Maize.svg
Leader Gegong Apang
Party Indian National Congress (Indira) People's Party of Arunachal
Leader's seat Yingkiong Pangin
Last election 0 8
Seats won 13 13
Seat change Increase13 Increase5
Popular vote 42.58% 40.98%

CM before election

President's rule

Elected CM

Gegong Apang

The second elections to the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly were held on 3 January 1980.[1][2] The election was held simultaneously to the 1980 Lok Sabha election.[2] 30 seats were up for election. A total of 95 candidates contested; 28 from the Indian National Congress (Indira), 28 from the People's Party of Arunachal, 11 from the Indian National Congress (Urs) and 28 independents.[1] The PPA candidate in the Niausa Kanubari constituency, Wanglhu Wangshu, was elected unopposed.[1]

INC(I) won 13 seats (with 72,734 votes, 42.58%). The PPA also won 13 seats, with 70,006 votes (40.98%). The remaining four seats went to independents. In total independent candidates mustered 19,716 votes (11.54%). INC(U) failed to win any seats. The party obtained 8,361 votes (4.89%).[1] For the first time a woman, Nyari Welly, was elected to the Assembly.[3] After the election there were massive defections to the INC(I).[4] Gegong Apang was elected Chief Minister after the election.[5]


India Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly 1980.svg
Indian National Congress (Indira)72,73442.5813New
People's Party of Arunachal70,00640.9813+5
Indian National Congress (Urs)8,3614.890New
Valid votes170,81794.87
Invalid/blank votes9,2355.13
Total votes180,052100.00
Registered voters/turnout258,11269.76
Source: ECI[1]

Elected Members[edit]

Constituency Reserved for
Member Party
Tawang 1 None Karma Wangohu People's Party of Arunachal
Tawang 2 None Tsering Tashi People's Party of Arunachal
Dirang Kalaktang None Nima Tsering Rupa Indian National Congress
Bomdila None Sinam Dususow Bomdila People's Party of Arunachal
Seppa None Nyari Welli People's Party of Arunachal
Chayang Tajo None Kameng Dolo Independent
Kaloriang None Lokam Tado Indian National Congress
Nyapin Palin None Tadar Tang Indian National Congress
Doimukh Sagalee None Techi Takar Indian National Congress
Ziro None Padi Yubbe Independent
Raga Tali None Boa Tame People's Party of Arunachal
Daporijo None Tadak Dulom Indian National Congress
Taksing Taliha None Punji Mara Indian National Congress
Mechuka None Pasang Wangchuk Sona Independent
Along North None Talong Taggu Indian National Congress
Along South None Tumpakete People's Party of Arunachal
Basar None Tomo Riba People's Party of Arunachal
Pasighat None Talo Kadu People's Party of Arunachal
Yingkiong Pangin None Gegong Apang Indian National Congress
Mariyang Mebo None Onyok Rome People's Party of Arunachal
Anini None Tade Tacho Independent
Roing None Aken Lego People's Party of Arunachal
Namsai Chowkham None Chau Khouk Manpoong People's Party of Arunachal
Tezu Hayuliang None Khaprise Krong Indian National Congress
Noadihing Nampong None Samchom Ngemu Indian National Congress
Changlang None Tengam Ngemu Indian National Congress
Khonsa South None T. L. Rajkumar Indian National Congress
Khonsa North None Wanglat People's Party of Arunachal
Niausa Kanubari None Wanghlu Wangshu People's Party of Arunachal
Pongchou Wakka None Haijen Ponglaham Indian National Congress


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1980 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH Archived 27 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arunachal Pradesh District Gazetteers: Tirap District. Government of Arunachal Pradesh, 1981. pp. 321-322
  3. Karna, M. N. Social Movements in North-East India. New Delhi: Indus Pub. Co, 1998. p. 64
  4. Karlo, Rejir. Emerging Pattern of Tribal Leadership in Arunachal Pradesh. New Delhi: Commonwealth Publ, 2005. p. 34
  5. Rana, Mahendra Singh. India Votes: Lok Sabha & Vidhan Sabha Elections 2001-2005. New Delhi: Sarup & Sons, 2006. p. 158