JORHAT, April 5 - The Congress party brought in Assamese flavour to its poll campaign in Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency by providing Assamese year calendar in the coloured leaflet published to urge voters to cast their votes for the party candidate.
The two-page leaflet in Assamese having the photographs of AICC secretary Rana Goswami, a two-time former Jorhat MLA and Sushanta Borgohain � the party�s candidate for Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency � has Bohag Bihu wishes and an Assamese calendar.
The leaflet has an appeal from both Goswami and Borgohain to vote for the Congress party by mentioning the promises the party will implement if voted to power at the Centre.
The leaflet has nine questions each pointed to the Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre and to Sarbananda Sonowal-led Government in the State, seeking answers.
Both set of questions relate to �failures� by both the governments to implement the pre-poll promises made on the eve of elections in 2014 and 2016 respectively and about certain actions/policies of both the governments, which the Congress alleged as �against the common people and against the downtrodden.�
The leaflets were being distributed in residential and commercial areas by the party across the parliamentary constituency, which comprises 10 Assembly seats spread over Jorhat, Sivasagar and Charaideo districts.
Goswami, who is the man behind the idea, told The Assam Tribune this evening that distributing leaflets was one of the means to reach out to the voters by raising the vital issues related to the �failures� of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State.
�For the convenience of the people, we are providing the Assamese calendar on the eve of Bohag Bihu,� Goswami added. He informed that Borgohain on Thursday addressed several campaign meetings, mostly street-corner ones on the northern outskirts of Jorhat along the Brahmaputra. He said the response from the crowd was very warm.
Borgohain also visited several naamghars and temples as part of the campaign, he added. Borgohain is a former Parliamentary Secretary of the Home Department in the last Tarun Gogoi-led Government. He is also a former national NSUI vice-president and a Youth Congress general secretary of Assam.
It may be mentioned here that the BJP, which is fielding Topon Kumar Gogoi, who is the Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, and a former AASU leader, for the Jorhat parliamentary seat, has been carrying out an intense campaign since last week.
State Health and Family Welfare, Finance and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed several poll rallies in Jorhat, Mariani and Titabar Assembly constituencies during the past few days and also led a roadshow along the main thoroughfares here on Tuesday evening.
Last week, BJP president Amit Shah addressed a poll rally on the eastern outskirts of this Knowledge City.
It may be mentioned here that the BJP had in the 2014 polls wrested the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat (believed to be a Congress citadel) from the Congress by defeating veteran leader and former Union Minister Late BK Handique, who had won the seat six times since 1991.