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Heavyweight tea leaders to lock horn from Dibrugarh constituency

Avik Chakraborty

Sitting MP from the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat Rameshwar Teli accompanied by Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma filed his nomination to Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha  on March 22, 2018 in Dibrugarh. The BJP MP who is seeking re-election from the strategically important constituency was accompanied by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the nomination process.

Earlier thousands of saffron party workers along with several party MLAs and leaders took out a huge rally from the old Government Boys’ High School field to the Deputy Commissioner’s office where the BJP candidate filed his nomination before the returning officer Pallav Gopal Jha.

The BJP candidate after filing his nomination exuded confidence of retaining the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat. In the 2014 election, Teli defeated the sitting MP Congress veteran Paban Singh Ghatowar by a margin of 1,85,347 votes.

“It is a memorable day in my life as both chief minister and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as well as 9 MLAs and scores of party leaders and workers accompanied my to file my nomination papers. This time our party is very strong. Our party led by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has done several developmental works for the people. In the last election, I won by a margin of 1.85 lakh votes. This time I win by bigger margin, ” Teli said.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who accompanied Teli said, “We seek the blessings of everyone in all 33 districts of Assam. In 2014, we won 7 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The NDA government was formed in the Centre under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. In 2016, the BJP came to power for the first time in Assam. If you compare the 5-year reign of the Modi government with the 55-year rule of Congress, you will find the answer in terms of development and progress. We are targeting all 14 seats in Assam and we are going to win minimum of 12 seats.”

NEDA convenor and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that other candidates will file their nominations in rest of the seats from tomorrow.

On the other hand, Congress Veteran Paban Singh Ghatowar on March 25, 2018 filed his nomination from Dibrugarh seat.    Paban Singh Ghatowar said that they will show a good result in the upcoming election. “If we will win we will strongly oppose the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill 2019 in the parliament. I respect candidate candidates who have filed their nomination from Dibrugarh seat and wished them good luck for the election,”.

Total eight candidates filed nomination from Dibrugarh seat. For eight time Paban Singh Ghatowar filed nomination from Dibrugarh seat.

On March 22,  Paban Singh Ghatowar could not file his nomination for Lok Sabha elections for not meeting Election Commission’s bank norms to check poll expenses.

“In Dibrugarh the fight will be between Congress and BJP. Dibrugarh is earlier known as a Congress bastion but in 2014, the saffron party penetrated into their bastion but this time it will interesting to see who will win from this seat. We appeal everyone to come out and caste hundred per cent votes,” said Bisarju Mech, a resident of Dibrugarh.

The Tea tribe people have a population of almost 4 lakh in Dibrugarh constituency out of 13 lakh population and the community from the tea tribes plays a major role during the election.

“We have been exploiting since ages. Both Congress and BJP are playing with us. The leaders from the tea tribes has been representing us from many years in Dibrugarh Lok Sabha set by none of them address our plights to the centre. We will not vote for the party who have not addressed our problems,” Bhadra Prahari, a worker said.

 

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