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Handique ousted by BJP�s Kamakhya Tasa

By Correspondent

JORHAT, May 16 � With the popular mandate of 4,56,170 voters BJP�s young candidate Kamakhya Prasad Tasa has won a sweeping victory for the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat which was consecutively won by former DoNER Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique since 1991.

Out of the total 9,16,227 valid votes counted in the constituency his immediate Congress competitor Handique got 3,53,852 votes while AGP�s Pradip Hazarika placed his name in the third position in the list of contenders by winning 4,65,88 votes in favour of him.

Election results showed that �NOTA� was opted significantly during the election as 14,645 voters of the Lok Sabha constituency exercised their democratic right by applying it for the first time.

Many senior citizens have expressed their greetings to the winning candidate Tasa as they feel that he will be able to highlight the burning issues of both the Sivasagar and Jorhat district which were allegedly left untouched by their former MP Handique during his tenure of last 23 years.

However, expressing his gratitude to all the voters and citizens of the constituency Tasa said that the popular mandate proved people�s trust to BJP and disliking towards the �dirty politics� of Congress for �sawing the seeds of racial hatred among different communities in the State�.

According to him people need good governance and development which could not be provided by Congress Government in the State.

�I thanked the people irrespective of their castes, creeds and religion of Jorhat and Sivasagar district for sending me to the Lok Sabha as their representative. Their blessings have inspired me a lot,� said Tasa in an interaction with the reporters here.

He said he is committed to solve the problems relating to inter-State border issues, flood and erosion, unemployment and several other problems, which are apparent in Jorhat and Sivasagar district.

When asked whether he is interested to be a member of Modi�s Cabinet the young leader said that he would prefer to works as a Member of Parliament for the constituency rather than becoming a minister.

Thousands of people belonging to different communities and professions came out to the roads to congratulate Tasa in the town while he was accompanied by thousands of voters and party-workers in a rally after the victory.

�We hoped Tasa is a perfect candidate to raise voice in the Parliament properly,� said Sankar Sarmah, owner of a tea stall in Jorhat town.

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