Show of Strength: Himanta Biswa Sarma files nomination; Supporters flood city roads
Guwahati: The capital city of Guwahati virtually came to a standstill as Assam’s senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma marched through the city along with his thousands of supporters to file his nomination for the upcoming state assembly poll on Friday.
Accompanied by his wife, children, and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Sarma took out a ‘Padyatra’ from the city’s Sonaram field in Bharalumukh to the Kamrup (metro) election district’s office. Prior to it he also visited the historic Kamakhya and Doul Govinda temples in the city.
Earlier, anticipating a massive crowd of supporters in the Padyatra, city traffic police have diverted the traffic routes for commoners. However, denizens had to face traffic congestion at various points.
This was the second time Sarma would contest from the Jalukbari constituency as a candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He has won from the constituency for four consecutive terms since 2001, thrice with Indian National Congress (INC) and once with the BJP.
Revealing his dream for the welfare of his constituency, Sarma said that he dreams to make Jalukbari the most developed constituency in the country.
Seeking the blessing of the people of the Jalukbari constituency, the senior BJP leader wrote on Twitter: “Jalukbari has always been kind & generous to me. As I get ready to file my nomination once more from this constituency today, I take a bow in gratitude and seek people’s blessings.”
He also expressed his confidence over his swift victory in the upcoming elections. He believed that the winning margin will be between 1 lakh 20 thousand to 1 lakh 50 thousand.
Friday was the last day of filing nominations for the third phase of the Assam legislative assembly election slated on April 6. Till Thursday, at least 17 nominations were filed for the four constituencies under the Kamrup (metro) election district area.
The state will go for a three-phased election this time with two previous phases slated on March 27 and April 1 respectively.