HAFLONG, Jan 14 - As the date for election to the 12th NC Hills Autonomous Council is nearing, election fever has gripped Dima Hasao since the NCHAC is considered to be the most important institution for the people of Dima Hasao.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded 28 candidates against 28 NCHAC constituencies, while the Indian National Congress has fielded 28, Asom Gana Parishad 23 and National People’s Party 15, besides Independent candidates.
As election draws near, the people of Dima Hasao are seen to be very enthusiastic since this time election to the council is considered to be an unprecedented affair as the number of Independent candidates is very high as several poll aspirants of different parties, who were denied party ticket, are contesting the election as Independent candidates.
High profile leaders like the president of district BJP Nipolal Hojai and DCC president Nirmal Langthasa are contesting from Daotuhaja even as INC candidate and present Chief Executive Member Debolal Gorlosa is contesting from Dehangi as a BJP candidate, while former Chief Executive Member Debojeet Thaosen is contesting from Langting as an AGP candidate.
Similarly, former MP and CEM Prakanta Warisa is contesting from Haflong as an AGP candidate, while former MLA and Chief Executive Member Samarjit Haflongbar is contesting from Gunjung on a NPP ticket.
The people of Dima Hasao are of the opinion that this time people will not commit any blunder while selecting their leaders as they have realised that if they select the wrong people then they would have to suffer a lot in future. They are in no mood to suffer any further.
They opined that this time local candidates would enjoy the advantage as they feel the local leaders understand their sentiments better and are therefore more likely to deliver the goods.
This time party affiliation will not be a prime concern for a sizeable section of the voters. They only seek peace, development and integrity. Hence, Dima Hasao is the place where unity in diversity exists.