BISWANATH CHARIALI, April 5 - Poll campaigning is going on in full swing in Biswanath election district, including Gohpur sub-division with the opening of temporary campaigning offices by the political parties, particularly Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party for the ensuing Lok Sabha election scheduled to be held on April 11.
It may be mentioned here that four constituencies, namely Sootea, Biswanath, Behali and Gohpur Legislative Assembly constituencies of the district come under Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency.
The total number of voters in Biswanath election district is 2,72,661. Out of those, in Biswanath LAC, the number of total voters is 1,54,659 (male 78,997; female 75,658; others 4) and in Behali LAC, the total number of voters is 1,18,002 (male 60,951; female 57,045; others 6). The voters of Biswanath election district will exercise their franchise in a total of 352 polling centres, and out of those, 198 are in Biswanath LAC and 154 are in Behali LAC respectively. On the other hand, polls will be held in altogether 288 polling stations in Gohpur sub-division of the district.
A strong contest is likely between the candidates of Indian National Congress, MGVK Bhanu and Pallav Lochan Das of Bharatiya Janata Party. Both the parties have intensified their campaign to woo the voters with promises and assurances. A number of campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, State Finance and Health Minister and NEDA Convenor Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP leader Mahendra Singh, State BJP chief Ranjeet Dass and others have been campaigning on behalf of Pallav Lochan Das at various places, namely Baranipathar, Morol Gaon, Kusumtola, New Kettela etc.
Addressing BJP supporters, the speakers made a number of promises and assurances to attract the voters. The prominent promises include a bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting Gohpur and Numaligarh, a broad-gauge railway line between Tezpur and Silghat, a skill development university with the help of Singapore Government on the North Bank, etc.
Meanwhile, APCC president Ripun Bora and others have also visited the district and addressed public meetings in support of party candidate MGKV Bhanu.
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has also provided a helping hand towards Bharatiya Janata Party and leaders like Atul Borah, Keshav Mahanta, Prabin Hazarika etc., and have intensified their campaign in rural areas of the district.
It may be mentioned here that in the district, tea garden voters can play a decisive role in electing candidates since there are around 1,30,000 voters in 31 small and big tea gardens. Minority and Nepali community voters will also play a big role in the election.