- Arunachal Pradesh is situated in the north-eastern part of India and is the largest of the 7 states in that region.
- The name literally means Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains, it is also referred to as the Orchid State of India.
- Arunachal Pradesh borders the states of Assam and Nagaland to the south, and shares international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and Tibet in the north.
- It ranks 15th among states in terms of the area (83,743 km2 ) and has a population of 1,382,611 which ranks it as 27th in density.
- The state has 20 districts comprising of 60 assembly seats and it has 2 Lok Sabha constituencies.
- Official language of the state is English.
- Itanagar is the capital city.
Arunachal Pradesh was a Congress bastion till BJP made strong in-roads in the state.
North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) was formed between BJP and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) with the intention of taking on Congress in the state. The state Congress itself dis-integrated with its members joining PPA first and then eventually BJP, leading to formation of a BJP Govt in the state.
Now with a depleted work force and fewer known faces, Congress has an uphill task of winning or even competing in the 2019 elections. The state accounts for only two Lok Sabha constituencies and as it stands, both seem to be going towards BJP’s way in 2019.
8 candidates contested from Arunachal West while 3 candidates were in the fray from Arunachal East. Although both constituencies belong to the General category, all contesting candidates were from Scheduled Tribes category.