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Tough fights likely in Nagaon LACs
Abu Hanifa
 NAGAON, April 7 - Once the Nagaon district had 14 LACs. After the creation of Morigaon as a separate district, three LACs namely, Morigaon, Laharighat and Jagiroad were attached to the new district. Separating another part of Nagaon district, the new district of Hojai was created recently and as a result, three more LACs namely, Hojai, Jamunamukhand and Lumding were taken away from the parent district.

At present, Nagaon district has eight LACs namely Nowgong, Raha, Dhing, Batadrava, Rupahihat, Samaguri, Barhampur and Kaliabor. The Congress, BJP-AGP-BPF alliance and the AIUDF have fielded their candidates in all the eight constituencies.

Nowgong Sadar is one of the prestigious constituencies in the State. Candidates belonging to different political parties earlier occupied this seat. However, the sitting MLA of Nowgong Sadar is Dr Durlov Chamuah (INC) and this time the BJP-AGP-BJP alliance has put up Rupok Sharma on the BJP ticket for this seat.

He is a Nagaon-based businessman involved in cultural activities for the past few years. However, it is said that he has limited public touch in the area and is now banking on the support of Nagaon BJP MP Rajen Gohain and former AGP MLA Girindra Kumar Borooah.

The other six candidates from this seat are Kartik Saha (AIUDF), Biren Chandra Das (Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mohasabha), Mihir Paul (All India Trinamool Congress), Anser Ali Alom, Jesmin Ahmed and Shantana Mahato( all Independents).

These candidates are said to be not very familiar among the voters in the constituency and they will not be able to impact on the voters. BJP leader Shanawaz’s visit may not be fruitful for Rupok Sharma to woo religious minority votes.

So it is expected that in the Nowgong Sadar, there will be a straight fight between sitting MLA Dr Durlov Chamua and Rupok Sharma.

Raha is a SC reserved constituency. Only three candidates namely, Guneswar Das (AIUDF), Dimbeswar Das (BJP) and Sashi Kanta Das (INC) are in the fray for this seat. Former MLA Guneswar Das defeated his nearest INC rival, Dr Ananda Chandra Borooah by a margin of 327 votes in 2006 on the AIUDF ticket. But in the 2011 elections, Pijush Hazarika (INC) won from this seat by a thumping majority. He defeated the then sitting MLA, Guneswar Das of the AIUDF.

There will be a tough fight among three candidates, though according to some election analysts, the AIUDF candidate has an upper hand in this constituency.

The Dhing LAC is a stronghold for the AIUDF. In 2006, AIUDF candidate Mubarak Ali Pathan defeated his nearest Congress rival Dr Idrish Ali by a margin of 2,543 votes. In 2011 again, AIUDF candidate Aminul Islam won the seat by defeating INC candidate Dr Idrish Ali with a good margin compared to 2006 (19,172). This time too, the AIUDF has fielded Aminul Islam as its candidate from the constituency.

The other candidates from the constituency are Anowar Hussain (INC), Mukut Kumar Debnath (BJP), Jamanur Rahman (RCPI), Jehirul Islam (All India Trinamool Congress), Rajani Kanta Nath (Joy Mahabharat Party), Muzibur Rahman, Mainul Haque and Mubarak Ali Pathan (all Independents).

Once, the RCPI was strong in Dhing and Batadrava areas. It elected Samsul Huda (from Dhing) and Baneswar Saikia (from Batadrava). But now the Left parties have lost their ground.

Muzibur Rahman was also an MLA from this seat on the INC ticket. This time the INC has fielded a new face from Dhing, Anowar Hussain. Other parties, including the BJP, have no impact in this constituency.

This time, the AIUDF is likely to face a strong challenge from the INC. Independent candidates will play a key role on the voting day in this constituency.

During the peak period of the AGP, former minister Digen Chandra Bora was elected from Batadrava. But later, Mamoni Bora of the AGP failed to attract the voters. In 2006, she got 22,074 votes and in 2011, she only bagged 14,188 votes.

On the other hand, in 2011, Motiur Rahman of the AIUDF failed to win by a margin of only 115 votes. It was alleged that due to influence of one minister, he lost the seat. However, the AIUDF denied the party ticket to him this time and has fielded Nazir Uddin Ahmed from the constituency.

The BJP has not a strong base in this LAC, but it has fielded actress Angoorlata Deka this time.

Arup Kumar Mahanta, a dedicated Leftist, will contest from this seat on the CPI(ML) ticket and he is likely to get some loyal votes.

The other candidates from Batadrava are Paban Pran Robi Das (Bharat Vikash Moncha), Dilwar Ahmed, Mukul Bora and Rajashree Bora (all Independents). It is expected that there will be a strait fight between Gautam Bora (INC) and Angoorlata Deka (BJP) in this constituency.

Rupahihat is another religious minority-dominated seat of Nagaon district. Once Congress stalwart like late Md Idrish represented the LAC.

In 2006, Abdul Aziz of the AGP defeated his nearest AIUDF rival, Ikramul Mazid by a margin of 4,731 votes. In 2011, AIUDF candidate Mazibur Rahman won this seat by defeating INC candidate Salma Jesmin by a margin of 233 votes.

This time, the INC has fielded one of the trusted lieutenants of minister Rakibul Hussain, Nurul Huda, depriving his own brother-in-law, Nazrul Islam. The AIUDF has nominated Nurul Amin Choudhury for this seat. But Nurul Amin and Nurul Huda are both outsiders in this LAC.

The BJP has no base in this LAC, still the party has nominated Jakaria Haque Choudhury for the Rupahihat LAC. The other candidates for this seat are Abu Hanifa (Jana Congress Party), Abdul Aziz, Nazir Hussain, Faijur Rahman and Biju Bodo (all Independents)

Independent candidate Abdul Aziz won this seat in 2006 and in 2011, as an Independent candidate, he got 22,197 votes. He has a base in this LAC and his presence as an Independent candidate may affect the result. In this LAC, there may be a triangular fight among the AIUDF, INC and Independent Abdul Aziz.

Barhampur is another prestigious seat of Nagaon district from where former Chief Minister PK Mahanta was elected on several terms. There are a total of 10 candidates contesting from this seat. Besides Mahanta, the other candidates are Lakhan Mirdha (CPI), Sariful Islam Siddique (All India United Democratic front), Suresh Bora (INC), Abida Begum (Rastriyo Jana Kranti Party), Paban Panika (Forward Democratic Labour Party), Sonaram Bora (SUCI), Abdul Ali, Debabrata Saikia and Prahlad Chandra Bhuyan (both are Independents).

The INC candidate, Suresh Bora, and his supporters allegedly created an atmosphere of fear in different parts of Barhampur LAC, alleged Dr Joyashree Goswami Mahanta in a press meet a couple of days ago.

Analysing the situation of Barhampur lAC, one may come to the conclusion that PK Mahanta has a fair chance of being re-elected.

Samaguri is the home constituency of minister Rakibul Hussain. It is alleged that the AIUDF had earlier nominated a comparatively weak candidate for the benefit of Hussain. This year too, the AIUDF has nominated one Moskur Rahman Choudhury for Samaguri, but he is not a familiar face.

The BJP has nominated Jitu Goswami from the constituency. Party leader Himanta Biswa Sarma took Samaguri as his personal prestige and campaigned for Jitu Goswami. Party workers also seemed confident after the visit of Himanta.

Chitta Ranjan Paul and Pradip Kalita are Independent candidates from here.

The AGP has maintained its strong base in Kaliabor LAC since its formation in 1985. This time too, AGP candidate Keshab Mahanta is contesting from Kaliabor as the AGP-BJP alliance candidate. The other candidates from this seat are Bindu Ganju (INC), Promod Bhuyan (CPI), Boloram Nag (AIUDF), Dr Bhupen Chandra Bora (LDP), Biren Mirdha (Bharatiya Kishan Morcha), Bijoy Kumar Samaria, Bhaskar Sharma and Jayanta Orang (all Independents).

Though there are nine candidates in this LAC, yet the main contest will be between alliance candidate Keshab Mahanta and INC candidate Bindu Ganju.

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