Guwahati: General assembly elections are a carnival in Assam, young new voters to witness a heavy battle between the BJP-led allies and Congress-AIUDF Mahajoth parties.
The two regional political parties – Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal are also not lacking behind and are all set to set the election on fire with the first phase starting from March 27.
Rampant protests during the CAA movement in the state have somehow put the ruling party in the back-foot in some areas of Upper Assam, as per a ground report.
Several regional organizations are also favouring their strong support to both the regional parties and opting to oust BJP and allies from power.
Both BJP and its allies, however, seemed confident and are eyeing in their listed zones especially in Khumtai, Digboi, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon, Kamalpur, Duliajan, Lahowal, Hojai, Amguri, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Teok, Barpeta, Batadrava, Kaliabor, Moran, Lakhimpur, Tezpur constituencies.
A ground report in the upper Assam also justifies the fact that the people in the region are demanding a public representative who can protect their land, culture and identities.
Believe it or not, CAA has left a major impact on the mindset of the people in Upper Assam; there has been uproar ever since CAB turned into CAA.
Few also brought the context of both BJP-AGP and Congress parties have betrayed them, hence they now want a regional party to conquer Dispur.
Interestingly, the story of Upper Assam also brings out the tagline “Ujoni Asom Jar Sarkar Tar” (Winner of Upper Assam will form the Government). It is being widely anticipated that the winner of Upper Assam will be the final conqueror of the Assam assembly elections 2021. But, the final decision will be made by the public of Assam on May 2.
But, most importantly, the young new voters will however miss one celebratory element i.e the absence of former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi. He has been one of the prime candidates from the Titabor constituency and none can fill his absence. Bhaskarjyoti Baruah will contest from Titabor constituency in this election as the new face.
Issues of the public in Upper Assam
Speaking to TIME8’s “Amar Gaon Amar Sarkar program”, one of the villagers in Biswanath constituency said, “We have voted BJP in 2016, with a hope for a change, but, nothing has changed so far. We live nearby the Biswanath ghat and soil erosion has been our major problem since decades. Why would we vote? Do the political leaders think us fools? We want such a political leader who can solve our issues, else we will boycott vote this time.”
In Lakhimpur’s Bihpuria constituency, a villager told TIME8, “We have been sharing the borders with Arunachali people. Moreover, our road conditions are very poor and it has been decades when the last foundation stone was laid in the area. Children face challenges to move to schools during rainy seasons.”
Another villager from Golaghat’s Khumtai constituency spoke in favour of BJP, “During the Congress regime, there has been no development. It has been almost 15 years, why did they do for the region. After BJP came to power, at least there have been some changes with several new government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission, Orunodoi Scheme, Assam Arundhati Swarna Yojana, Assam Employee Health Assurance Scheme, Abhinandan Education Loan Subsidy Scheme etc. People have been benefitted a lot.”
A villager from Thowra constituency said, “We won’t betray BJP if they don’t betray us”.
All in all, it will be a major battle for all the political parties, as several new faces have also joined in politics including former AASU GS Lurinjyoti Gogoi and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi.
The public in the upper Assam’s Sivasagar are expecting a good mandate from Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal and on the other hand, people in Duliajan are expecting a good mandate from Lurinjyoti’s Asom Jatiya Parishad.
The campaign for 47 assembly constituencies in Assam will go to the polls on March 27, in the first phase of elections.
Voting in the first phase of Assam Assembly Elections will be held on 47 seats across 12 districts.
As many as 264 candidates from various political parties will be in the fray.
There are 81, 09,815 general electors in the first phase. Out of these, 40, 77,210 are males, 40, 32,481 are females and 124 are transgender.