Akhil Gogoi wins Sibsagar: Second Indian to win Election while in Jail
GUWAHATI: Jailed anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) leader and president of Raijor Dal, Akhil Gogoi, who has been under arrest since December 2019, scripted history by winning the Sibsagar seat in Assam.
With the victory, Gogoi claimed to became the second Indian person to win an election from behind the bars.
“Prior to Gogoi, Janata Dal leader George Fernandes won the Muzaffarpur seat in Bihar from jail in 1977,” said Raijor Dal working president Bhasco De Saikia.
Gogoi, who has been currently admitted to Gauhati medical college hospital (GMCH), defeated BJP’s Surabhi Rajkonwari. Though the result was yet to be declared officially by the Election Commission of India (ECI), Saikia informed TIME8 that Gogoi has won the seat with a margin of over 11 thousand votes.
Raijor Dal was formed in October last year and Gogoi was named as the president of the party. He filed his candidature from the hospital and was not able to campaign. Prior to the polls, this party also forged an alliance with Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), another newly formed regional party.
Saikia added, “On behalf of the Gogoi, we want to thank the people of the state for accepting us. Despite Gogoi could not run his campaign personally, it’s the love of the people of Assam for him which has reflected in the result.”
Reacting to Gogoi’s win, the state’s senior cabinet minister and BJP’s top leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I would like to congratulate him for the win and expect that in the future, he would work for the interest of the state. Both ruling and opposition candidates need to work together for a healthy democracy and take Assam away from the path of protests and disturbance to the path of progress,”
Gogoi was arrested in December 2019 during the anti CAA movement in the state by state police. However, later the investigation of his case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which booked him under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Recently, the Gauhati high court had upheld a lower court’s order granting bail to Gogoi. However, he continued to be under judicial custody as he was yet to receive bail in the Chandmari police station case, a trial of which is undergoing at the lower court.