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Parties begin poll meetings in Dhemaji district
Correspondent
 DHEMAJI, Nov 7 - With the date of panchayat elections in the State being declared, political parties including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Opposition Congress and regional party– Sanmilita Gana Sakti (SGS) are gearing up electioneering activities.

The ruling BJP, Congress and SGS have started conducting block level meetings for collection of applications from the aspiring candidates and are preparing a list of ticket contenders. The parties have also constituted selection committees to examine the ticket applications and allotment of the tickets among the eligible contenders.

The BJP’s Jonai Mandal Committee conducted a meeting at Jonai and discussed the issues pertaining to selection of candidates and to chalk out election strategy in 114-Jonai (ST) LAC. The BJP has entrusted panchayat level committees for selection of candidates at gaon panchayat levels, while the ticket for anchalik panchayat and zila parishad would be finalised by the mandal committees concerned.

Unlike BJP, the Opposition Congress has decided that candidates will be selected by its district level committee only.

The Congress too, has tightened its belt to fight the ensuing panchayat election. Dhemaji District Congress Committee (DCC) president Rishav Gogoi informed that party tickets would be finalised by the DCC after getting feedback from the panchayats and block level committees.

On the other hand, the Sanmilita Gana Sakti is conducting a series of meetings to mobilise the party workers. The central committee of the SGS led by the Mising Autonomous Council chief Parmananda Chayengiya (Pangging) would finalise the tickets for aspiring candidates after getting feedback from the panchayat and block committees.

SGS, which is representing 114-Jonai (ST) assembly seat in Dhemaji district, is firm on fielding candidates in all seats within the areas under the jurisdiction of the Mising Council.

Notably, SGS had a post-poll alliance with ruling BJP at Dispur, but neither seat sharing nor pre-poll alliance with the ruling party has been announced by the party high command so far. The block level SGS leaders in Jonai have expressed their firm stance on fielding their own candidates.

Panchayat polls in Dhemaji along with north Assam and upper Assam districts will be held on December 5 in the first phase.

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