Jorhat, March 9: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday filed his nomination papers for Majuli Assembly seat at Deputy Commissioner's office in Garmur for the second time.
Sonowal came to the DC's office in a colourful procession accompanied by cultural troupes of Mising and Deuri tribes. Characters from Bhaona were also a part of the procession.
The Chief Minister, earlier in the morning, visited a namghar and a Shiva temple and sought blessings before coming to file his papers.
The Chief Minister, along with Assam Pradesh BJP president Ranjeet Das, several of his Cabinet colleagues that included Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Atul Bora, Keshav Mahanta, Union DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State Rameshwar Teli later attended a campaign rally at the Garmur Mini Stadium.
BJP Lakhimpur Lok Sabha MP Pradan Baruah, BJP National Vice-President and In-Charge of Assam Baijayant Panda and UPPL President Promod Boro were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the rally attended by a large number of women, Sonowal while giving a long list of development and welfare works carried out across the State by his Government, said that the Brahmaputra island too has benefitted with series of big schemes and projects undertaken that included the proposed Jorhat-Majuli bridge.
Thanking the people of Majuli for allowing to serve the island and also the State, he urged them to provide him another opportunity to serve the people. Sonowal reminded that the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Assam had started a journey of progress and development in the State and want to continue it.
The Chief Minister, while heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his concern towards Assam and the North Eastern region, stated that the assurances given by Modi in a campaign rally at Majuli on the eve of 2016 elections were fulfilled. He also spoke about land survey work carried out in the river island and distribution of land pattas to to landless indigenous people across Assam by his government.
Sonowal, while stating that his government followed the policy of 'Sab ka saath sab ka vikas, sab ka vishwas' initiated by the Prime Minister, said his government's policies had benefitted all communities, groups and tribes residing in plains, hills and in the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys of the State.
The Chief Minister, while claiming that the government worked for protection of rights of indigenous people of the state, said the policy of protecting jati, mati and bheti (community, land, home) was taken as a cornerstone always.
Slamming the Congress party for failing to take Assam forward in the path of progress and prosperity despite remaining in power for a very long period after Independence, he chided the party for forming an alliance with AIUDF only to grab power.
Sonowal spoke about his government taking steps to root out corruption and providing dignity to all citizens.
A poll video song was also released in the meeting, that was earlier addressed by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ranjeet Dass and Atul Bora.