BONGAIGAON, April 6 - Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP in the Assembly elections in the State, today addressed a rally at Gandhi Maidan here in support of his alliance candidate for the Bongaigaon assembly seat, Phani Bhusan Choudhury.
Sonowal said his alliance would certainly form the government in the State that has seen over 80 per cent polling in the first phase of polls on April 4. He dubbed both the Congress and AIUDF as the �enemy of the State� and called upon the people to choose BJP rejecting these two parties.
He said the Central Government led by the BJP has initiated measures for granting ST status to six communities of the State after the matter was neglected by the Congress government for years together despite repeated pleas made by the leaders of these communities. Sonowal also urged the Muslim people not to be afraid of his party as was told by AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal in some public meetings.
Choudhury in his short address said that the people of the constituency would evaluate his works and decide accordingly. Chandan Brahma, the BPF candidate for Sidli constituency in Chirang district, who was also present in the meeting, called upon the people to cast their votes in support of Choudhury.
On the same day, the Congress candidate of the constituency, Sankar Prasad Ray speaking to media persons at Rajiv Bhawan here solely blamed Choudhury for his failure to take up developmental works as expected by the local people. He also shared his views on his Bongaigaon-oriented manifesto with the media.
Meanwhile, local Congress leader Girish Baruah claimed that his party is well organized in the constituency and said his party expects around 65,000 votes in favour of Sankar Prasad Ray.