JORHAT, March 18 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today filed his nomination papers before the SDO (Civil) of the subdivision to contest the ensuing Assembly polls in his home constituency Titabor, in the presence of thousands of supporters and party workers.
Talking to reporters, a jubilant Gogoi said that the spontaneous affection of the citizens of his home constituency today encouraged him immensely, and it energized his spirit of serving the people for another 10 years. Earlier, his main rival Kamakhya Prasad Tasa also filed his papers in the presence of a similarly large crowd of party workers and supporters.
Exuding confidence of victory for the fourth consecutive term, Gogoi said that he would be the Chief Minister of the State as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had already announced his name as the Chief Ministerial candidate and told him to lead the party in the ongoing poll campaign.
�I am prepared to be the Chief Minister of the next Congress government. Rahul Gandhi had announced my name to be the Chief Minister. I have the confidence of tackling any challenge,� said Gogoi.
Asked whether BJP candidate Kamakhya Prasad Tasa will pose a threat to his victory in Titabor constituency, Gogoi categorically denied any such fear of losing the seat. Gogoi claimed that the Congress will win more than 64 seats in the ensuing polls and form the next government in the State.
Earlier, BJP candidate for Titabor seat Kamakhya Prasad Tasa filed his nomination papers amid thousands of supporters and party workers. He was accompanied by State BJP president and Chief Ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, senior BJP leader Dr Mahendra Singh. The BJP leaders are confident that Tasa will defeat Gogoi in this polls.
Sonowal had yesterday claimed at a press conference at Jorhat that Gogoi will lose the Titabor seat for his apparent negligence in solving the major problems of the constituency.
�People of Titabor never got him as their MLA for the last three consecutive terms. They could only met him as the Chief Minister of the State. As the citizens of Titabor remained deprived of essential facilities and welfare measures during the last three terms of the Gogoi government, they will vote for BJP�s victory in the ensuing polls,� said Sonowal.