DIPHU, May 18 - The major contesting parties, the BJP and Congress on Wednesday declared their final lists of contestants for all the 26 MAC (Member of Autonomous Council) segments spread across Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts for the ensuing Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Election, 2017.
With the main battle line drawn, although the contest is expected to be between ruling BJP and the Congress, in some areas HSDC will also fight for its place of honour.
BJP has fielded several new faces rebuffing a number of elderly and trusted leaders who were instrumental in establishing the party in its initial stage. The prominent contenders, who featured in the BJP list includes sitting chief executive member of the autonomous council Tuliram Ronghang, executive member Mongol Sing Timung, Pradip Rongpi, Rupsing Teron, Haren Sing Bey, Darsing Ronghang, Kache Rongpipi, Pradip Diphusa, sitting MAC Ratan Engti, BJP East Karbi Anglong president Ratan Teron. Ex-executive member of the council Torendra Bramha will contest under the BJP banner from Bodo-dominated Langhing constituency. A new face and the party general secretary of BJP Amar Sing Tisso is also contesting the election.
After the declaration of the list of contenders by BJP state committee, a section of party workers expressed their resentment against the leadership. In fact, a few senior local leaders and their close followers have threatened to resign from the party.
The State BJP’s alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad has also announced that they will file candidates in all the 26 constituencies. Notably one Hindi-speaking and two Assamese individuals have been nominated by the BJP in this election ignoring representations from the large Bengali-speaking people and tea tribe population.
A large numbers of rebel candidates are likely to contest in this election, who have been ditched at the last minute. Besides, a few popular figures may also jump into the fray.
Congress, on the other hand, has nominated a number of new faces in the fray flanking experienced ones like ex-MLA Bidya Sing Engleng, sitting MAC Ashok Teron, Alice Engtipi. The Hill State Demand Council (HSDC), which tried for an alliance with the Congress till the last moment for seat adjustments, failed to strike any deal. At this moment it is not clear whether HSDC will contest in all the seats or not.