BARPETA, April 7 - As the second phase of election to the State Legislative Assembly is knocking at the door, electioneering in Barpeta district has gained momentum during the last few days. The chief ministerial candidate of the AGP-BJP-BPF combine Sarbananda Sonowal accompanied by AGP president Atul Bora addressed an election rally at Sarthebari under 46-Sarukshetri constituency this morning.
Sonowal affirmed that electorates during the first phase of polls on April 4 have voted for a change of guard at Dispur and a BJP-led alliance government in Assam is certain. He criticised the Congress party and the Tarun Gogoi-led government for its failure to solve the genuine problems of the State even after 68 years of Independence and assured that all the problems will be addressed positively if a BJP-led government comes to power.
Referring to AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, Sonowal said that his only aim is to do business and he has joined politics to protect and promote his business.
Sonowal allayed the fears among the minorities living in the State and assured them of an opportunity to live with honour that too with sufficient income-generating opportunities.
It may be mentioned here that the 46-Sarukshetri constituency has become a political hot bed as the AGP-BJP-BPF combine and the ruling Congress have strong organisational setup. The failure of the incumbent MLA, Ali Hussain, who won the 2011 election as an AIUDF nominee, has given the two strong contenders enough scope for campaigning.
However, the fate of these two political rivals depend on the expected divisions of minority votes between the Congress and the AIUDF and divisions of majority votes between the AGP nominee and Independent Tara Prasad Das. While the first equation will benefit AGP nominee Chottranjan Barman, the second will benefit Congress nominee Jakir Hussain Sikdar.