SIVASAGAR, March 17: The Congress, BJP and Raijor Dal has intensified their election campaign in prestigious 108-Sivasagar constituency and the contesting candidates are seen attacking opponents in verbal duels over rallies, media briefings, leaflet distribution and of course using social media as far as possible.
Congress seems to be adopting an aggressive stance since declaration of the educated youth Congress leader Subhamitra Gogoi as their candidate in the constituency.
His jubiliant supporters supported by the old guards have been campaigning enthusiastically attacking BJP on issues like soaring price rise, communalizing politics, syndicate raj in Sivasagar and of course their main poll plank the CAA. Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi besides meeting the media in Rajiv Bhawan went to the Sivasagar Girls College seeking support of the students in reservation of all jobs for the women and also met the business community to explain the excess taxing of the community with GST and other issues.
He led the congress workers in door to door campaign in the town. Following resignation of former APCC secretary Kalyan Gogoi, the party workers were a divided lot in the beginning but Subhamitra Gogoi successfully overcame the challenge and has emerged as a strong candidate now. Subhamitra is ably supported by grand alliance partner CPI and others. Jiten Borpatra Gohain and Anup Gogoi of the CPI accompanied the Congress candidate in campaigns in Konwarpur and Salaguri maouja recently.
Congress media cell spokesperson Monoranjan Konwar and member of the congress campaign committee Mustafa Khan inaugurated the Desungmukh Congress office on March 15 to spearhead the campaign in the Desungmukh and Konwarpur mauja. The meeting held on the occasion was attended by Prafulla Mili, Renuka Mili, Hiren Panging, Chanchal Das, Bogiram Taye, Suchen Taye, Mohan Chutia and hundreds of Congress supports. There are over 10 thousand votes in Desungmukh area which traditionally voted for the Congress. But the Jatiya Aikya Monch and then the BJP is fast gaining ground in the area.
BJP’ Surabhi Rajkonwar who lost the last train to Dispur by a margin of 542 votes sounded upbeat this time with blessing from Modi ,Shah, Smriti Irani and support from state BJP leadership. She told media that she was confident that the people will vote on performance and the party even without a representative from the constituency has done a lot and if she gets elected she would try to rebuild the constituency as no one in the state.
Rajkonwor felt that Akhil Gogoi of Raijor Dal was not a factor, she added. Hundreds of Congress workers recently joined BJP in the constituency in a meeting held in the residence of BJP leader Bijit Gogoi. All other BJP leaders that sought nominations from the constituency have now accepted Surobhi as their leader and have jumped in the campaign wagon enthusiastically.
Raijor Dal has begun their election campaign earnestly even with their leader and the most talked about candidate Akhil Gogoi in jail since 2019. Gogoi through a release to the people of Sivasagar appealed to vote for the party conscientiously to defeat BJP’s alleged communal designs and anti-people policies. Hundreds of Raijor Dal workers from different parts of the state led by their leaders Vasco de Saikia, Vedanta Lahkar, Suhjahan Ali, RanjitGogoi, Dharjya Konwar, Parasar Konwar, Manos Konwar and Ranjt Tamuly have begun door to door campaign for Akhil Gogoi dividing the constituency in four blocks in Salaguri, Rudrasagar, Desangdhai Ali, Konwarpur, Betbari ,Hanchora and Nagar Mahalmauja.
However, the Raijor Dal has been deserted by one more alliance partner Brihattar Asomiya Yuva Moncha allegedly for not consulting them over withdrawal of Akhil Gogoi’s nomination from Mariani LAC and going away from commitments it gave to the people of Assam. However, the Moncha does not support any political party and in an appeal calls for conscience vote.