Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Ready to Fight LS Elections from Tezpur
| Monalisa Gogoi - 11 Mar 2019

 

 

Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Ready to Fight LS Elections from Tezpur

By Monalisa Gogoi, Bureau Chief - North East
Indian Observer Post

Guwahati, March 11, 2019: A day after BJP Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, Assam threatened to resign if not given party ticket for 2019 parliamentary elections, State Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday announced to fight Lok Sabha Elections from his (RP Sarma’s) Constituency Tezpur. 

Addressing a huge gathering at Baithalangso, Karbi Anglong, Dr Sarma said 'If party allows me to contest at parliamentary election, I am ready to contest from Tezpur. And I am sure that our party will win 11 seats out of 14.” Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma was addressing the first meeting after the announcements of the poll dates. 

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Reacting on the Himanta Biswa Sarma’s announcement, a high level source in the BJP said that “the party has decided not to give Tickets to the sitting MLAs of the party. However, the party might change its decision only for a particular candidate and that candidate is Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma.”

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The parliamentary election will be held in three phases in Assam. As per announcement of election commission, the state will have three-phase polling on April 11, 18 and 23 in Lok Sabha elections, while the Assembly elections in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously.

In the first and second phases, five parliamentary constituencies each will go to polls in Assam, while in the third phase, polling will be held in the remaining four constituencies. The voting will be conducted in seven phases – April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

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The constituencies in Assam going to polls in the first phase on April 11 are Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarhand
Lakhimpur. In the second phase on April 18, the constituencies of Karimganj, Silchar, Diphu, Mangaldai and Nagaon will go to poll. In the third phase on April 23, polling will be held for the constituencies of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Guwahati.


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A few days before addressing the gathering at Baithalangso, Karbi Anglong, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on last Tuesday (March 06, 2019) laid the foundation stone for renovating the ancient Gupteshwar Devalaya at the cost of Rs 10 crore under Asom Darshan Scheme in Sonitpur’s Singri area under Borchalla LAC.

 

 

The Government of Assam had planned to develop various places of tourist interest, including those blessed with natural beauty as well as those of religious/ historical importance, as per the Asom Darshan Scheme. 

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Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma also announced that Assam Government will introduce guest houses with modern facilities in the region for the better accommodation of the pilgrims and devotees. “We intend to make provision of restrooms with separate toilet blocks for men & women, clean drinking water facilities, establish garbage disposal mechanisms,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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As per the present political scenario in Assam, the Citizenship amendment bill and the NRC would play a key role in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP recently lost a key ally in Assom Gana Parishad (AGP) after CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha.

The AGP is likely to go alone to polls in Assam. A triangular fight is expected in Assam this time between the BJP, the Congress & the AGP in upper Assam & BJP, Congress & AIUDF in lower Assam.

“Election Commission will be very strict regarding the expenditure of the candidates and people can send their complaint through a mobile app to the commission,” the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam Shri Mukesh Sahu said while flagging off ‘Run for Vote’ programme organized by State Election Commission in collaboration with Kamrup Metropolitan District Administration at Latasil Playground, Guwahati on March 11, 2019. 

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Interestingly, a new emerging party NPP of Meghalaya has announced to contest at all the fourteen constituencies of Assam and the party will not do any alliance with other political parties

It is important to mention here that even the Assam’s major regional party AGP has said that they will not contest from all 14 constituencies.

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