The third week of Election affairs in Assam had been quite eventful! Almost all parties have completed their candidate list and nomination filing for first phase of election on 4th April 2011 has been completed. Dissidents in all parties after ticket distribution seem to have subsided across all parties or settled after few disgruntled party leaders quitting and contesting as an independent.
This week also saw first election related violence in the form of bomb blast at Rajiv Bhavan, Congress headquarter in Guwahati on 14th March 2011 evening. Here are few important incidents :-
1. Bomb Blast by ULFA anti-talk faction
On 14th Mar 2011, evening ata round 6:55PM, a powerful IED blast rocked Rajiv Bhavan, at GS Road in Guwahati. Five people were injured which include Congress office bearers Mehdi Alam Bora, Ranjan Bora, Akshay Rajkhowa
Anti Talk faction of ULFA, led by Paresh Barua claimed responsibility for the blast and CM Tarun Gogoi, Governor JB Patnaik, Asom Gana Parishad leader C M Patowari condemned the blast.
2. Anwara Taimur, former Chief Minister quits Congress
In another election related development, 75+ years old, Anwara Taimur, a veteran Muslim leader who was also Chief Minister of Assam, resigned from Congress and joined AIUDF after she was denied Congress party ticket.
3. Akhil Gogoi joins election
Well known peasant leader and RTI activist, Akhil Gogoi, has finally joined election fever in Assam after he appealed people of Assam no to vote for Congress in the coming Assembly election. He has many following in rural Assam but his appeal is unlikely to influence much except his hoem turf in Golaghat.
4. P K Mahanta will take on Rockybul Hussain in Samguri
After many delays, Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta will contest against Rockybul Hussain of Congress from Samguri constituency in Nogaon district of Assam. Many people expect to see a keen contest here. Congress has also changed couple of candidates like in Jonai where it replaced Bolin Kuli with PRadan Barua.
As per reports, AGP seems to be gaining some ground against all expectation while BJP has been unable to make any visible impact. Himanta Biswa Sarma had claimed that Congress would win at least 60 seats along with its ally BPF.