An escalating resentment over poll pact with AGP and the first of candidates threaten to mar BJP's prospect for the upcoming assembly polls scheduled on April 4 and April 11.
Local BJP leaders and workers have hit the streets in many places opposing the poll pact with the regional party whom they think the people have dumped a decade back.
"We don't understand why the BJP leadership have decided to welcome the regional party which has already lost the base. This is suicidal," said Khagen Bora from Tezpur who is fed up with the party's weakening poll prospect. BJP has left Tezpur to AGP where Brindabon Goswami will contest.
Another BJP worker from Amguri who is dead opposed to the poll alliance with AGP said that the party will have to pay heavy price after the debacle. "The party leadership are to be blamed if BJP loses. We have capable and popular leader in Amguri. Pradeep Hazarika is a known face of failure. Anjan Dutta is groping for popularity. BJP has a chance. But the party has given this vital constituency to AGP. The Congress is trying to strike the advantage," said Bulan Baruah from Amguri.
BJP's poll prospect hits major hurdle when it announced the list of 88 candidates recently where senior leaders, mostly, have been sidelined. In Sadiya many senior BJP leaders failed to find place in the list after the leadership named Balin Chetia whose popularity is declining since he started doing dissidence againstTarun Gogoi.
"A betrayer Chetia who struck no less controversy will do the same if BJP comes to power. There is hardly any logic behind the ticket Chetia which is why, the party will suffer," said Tankeswar Gogoi a BJP worker.
In some places BJP workers hit the streets after the party denied tickets to the sitting party MLAs. Manoranjan Das, who was denied ticket is preparing to contest the polls as independent.
According to political observers if AGP and BJP cannot ignore the protest and resentment both the parties will have to pay heavy price in the polls.
The World AIDS Day was organised in Kokrajhar with various awarness programme among the public.
The Discovery Club, a Kokrajhar based NGO observed the day by organizing a mass campaign on the occasion by distributing IEC materials and Red Ribbon Badges at Kokrajhar. 4000 leaflets, 1200 Red ribbon badges were distributed among the public. The main objective of the occasion was to make people aware about the HIV/AIDS and to partner with every stakeholder in fighting the disease in the district.
Two persons sustained serious injury when a Tata Sumo carrying them slipped into a river in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.
The incident took place at Paktu Tinali when the vehicle was on its way to Itanagar. As the vehicle was crossing the Sipu bridge it slipped into the river with all the passengers. All the passengers were shifted to the hospital while two of them are battling for life.
The Sadou Asom Goria Maria Desi Jatiya Parishad strongly reacted over the deprivation of Original Inhabitant (OI) and early demanded inclusion into OI status in the NRC update process across the state, besides claimed that the Goria Maria was also indigenouscommunity in the state.
The Kokrajhar district unit of the Sadou Asom Goria Maria Desi Jatiya Parishad on Monday submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar Madhav Prasad Sarma seeking inclusion of Goria Maria Desi Jati into Original Inhabitant status in the state while implementing NRC update. The Gori Maria Desi community was also indigenous people of the state, but the community has been identified asMuslim through religion conversion.The community has own identity and tradition along with their own status. The NRC authority should include Goria Maria Desi community into OI status and held healthy integration in the state, the memorandum read.
Leaders from parishad strongly reacted the OI status provided during NRC update termed that the OI status distribution was a divisive policy while update NRC in the state by classifying OI and some other status among communities. They demanded govt should initiate to allot OI status to the Coria Maria Desi community and implement the NRC update assoonas possible.
Sheik Selim Patgiri,president of the parishad said, ‘Deprived of OI status in the NRC update was unfortunate and condemnable for the society. We are indigenous peoples of the state, but community has yet to be included into OI status’. He has demanded Goria Maria community should be included into OI status and make a healthy integration. The leader of the parishad demanded the NRC authority should give detail definition while exercising status mentions, included OI status. He also urged government and NRC authority to make free and clear step from making harassed of indigenous peoples while implementing the NRC update in the state”.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty