Assam Polls: Jailed leader Akhil Gogoi launches campaign via open letter; Seeks public support, fund
GUWAHATI: Jailed Raijor Dal leader Akhil Gogoi virtually launched his campaign for the upcoming polls from behind the bars with an open letter to the people of the state. In a letter, Gogoi on Friday sought the people’s support and requested them to provide funds to fight the poll.
Gogoi, though, was supposed to contest from two assembly seats of Sibsagar and Mariani, the leader withdrew his nomination from Mariani due to a strategic move to defeat BJP.
Promising to work against the implementation of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the state assembly after his win, Gogoi in his letter said that he wanted to become the voice of the people of Assam inside the state assembly house.
“In the five years of BJP government in the state, I was put behind the bars for almost two years for raising questions against the government’s autocracy. If I win, there is a possibility that I may come out and I promise that I will roar like a lion in the House for the benefits of Assam and people of the state,” the letter said.
He said that since he couldn’t campaign physically in the poll-bound state, he urged the people of the Sibsagar constituency to come out in support of him. “As I am behind the bars and have no money left, I request the people of Assam to fund my election campaign,” Gogoi said in his letter and also shared his bank account number.
“My biggest dream is to take a resolution against the implementation of CAA in the state in the first state assembly session after the election. I urge the people of the state to support me,” he added in his letter.
Gogoi will contest as an independent candidate as his party Raijor Dal failed to get recognized by the Election Commission of India.