Sushanta Borgohain eyes Jorhat seat amidst anti-incumbency against BJP
GUWAHATI: Sushanta Borgohain is a Congress leader and has been given the ticket to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Jorhat constituency.
The 44-year-old leader has been a former MLA (member of legislative assembly) who won the state assembly elections in 2011 from Thowra assembly constituency. Borgohain had contested the 2016 assembly elections from Thowra seat again and had received 40,334 votes.
As per his affidavit, Borgohain is a graduate who completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from City College in Dibrugarh. He also held the post of the president of Sivasagar District Congress committee.
According to the web portal myneta, the former MLA has declared total movable assets worth Rs 1.38 crores while his immovable assets are worth Rs 1.60 cores. On the other hand, he has shown a total liability of Rs 6.54 lakhs in his affidavit. Further, Borgohain has no criminal cases against him.
Borgohain is being touted as the main contender against BJP’s Topon Kumar Gogoi from the Jorhat seat this time. He filed his nomination paper from the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat on March 22 at the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Jorhat has a total of 10 assembly constituencies out of which four each are currently held by the Congress and the BJP, while two are with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). The Jorhat Lok Sabha seat consists of ten assembly segments namely- Jorhat, Titabar, Mariani, Teok, Amguri, Nazira, Mahmara, Sonari, Thowra and Sibsagar.
The constituency is set to go for polls in the first phase of elections on April 11. A total of eight candidates have been finalised to contest from the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat.
Blurb: “Borgohain is a graduate who completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from City College in Dibrugarh. He also held the post of the president of Sivasagar district Congress committee.”
Two-cornered contest in Jorhat
Political analysts are expecting a tough competition in Jorhat between two major contenders - Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Topon Kumar Gogoi and Sushanta Borgohain from Congress.
Experts say that since both Gogoi and Borgohain belong to the Ahom community, it would be interesting to see which way the votes would swing this time. Originally, a Congress bastion since independence, the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat was won by BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa in 2014 where 4,56,420 votes were polled in his favour.
His nearest rival from Congress, Late Bijoy Krishna Handique, who had represented the seat for six times in a row, polled 3,54,000 votes. The constituency saw a total voter turnout of 78.32 per cent in the 2014 polls.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the result was the exact opposite with Handique defeating Tasa by a margin of 71,914 votes. The voter turnout here in 2009 polls was 64.58 per cent.
Jorhat has been won by the Congress time and again for 12 times since the 1951 elections. The winning streak of the party since 1951 was broken only in 1984 when the seat was won by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) candidate Parag Chaliha.
Further, the Congress continued to hold dominance over the Lok Sabha constituency after that as the party emerged victorious in each election continuously till 2009.
However, during the last general elections in 2014, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa of BJP emerged victorious from the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat. Political analysts say that the Congress has a strong chance of winning this time due to an anti-incumbency factor against Tasa and the BJP in the constituency.
Apart from Borgohain and Topon Kumar Gogoi, some of the other candidates contesting this time from Jorhat include Kanak Gogoi from Communist Party of India (CPI), Ribulaya Gogoi representing All India Trinamool Congress and Kamala Raj Konwar of National People’s Party (NPP).
On the other hand, the BJP candidate from the seat, Topon Kumar Gogoi, is an MLA from Sonari and is the minister for Power (Independent) and PWD (as Minister of State) in the BJP-led Assam government.
According to sources, Topon Kumar Gogoi who belongs to the Ahom community is close to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who has vouched for him for the Jorhat seat that has a good number of Ahom voters.