Gauhati East: A Problem of Plenty

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Gauhati East: A Problem of Plenty

Swapnil Bharali | February 14, 2021 09:52 hrs


It’s a problem of plenty for the BJP think-thank in Gauhati East with the wannabe MLAs going all out in the prestigious constituency with shows of strength in their aspirations for a BJP ticket to contest the forthcoming elections.  

 


A number of heavyweight leaders are vying for the BJP ticket in the constituency, apart from the sitting MLA, which has made the job much tougher to select one from the aspiring candidates, given the array of leaders.


Leading the race for the coveted ticket is Santanu Bharali, a close confidant of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as also his current legal adviser, who has been harbouring the desire to represent the constituency for a long time. Siddhartha Bhattacharya, the sitting MLA, is also not far behind. He has been actively campaigning in his constituency with the hope to get the party candidature again. Mrigen Sarania, former Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation is also not mincing words. “I am from Gauhati East constituency. It’s my right to get the ticket,” Sarania had said.


Political analysts said that a number of local leaders vying for the BJP ticket in almost all the assembly constituencies may pose a challenge to the party’s election planners, as unsuccessful ticket aspirants may contest the elections as independent candidates or on the symbol of some other party, making the fight tough for BJP candidates. 

The BJP think-tank will have to do some serious thinking over the issue as disgruntled leaders who fail to get the ticket may harm the prospects of the eventual party candidate as the party does not seem to be facing much resistance from opposition parties in the seat. 


In 2016, BJP’s Siddartha Bhattacharya won the seat by a huge margin. He secured 1,27,602 votes, while votes polled in favour of his nearest rival Bobeeta Sharma of Congress was only 30,965. The stakes are so high for those desirous of the BJP ticket that preventing unsuccessful aspirants from throwing their hat in the poll ring is going to be a challenge for the party’s election team. 


Further, if the grapevine is to be believed, the prospects of AGP in Gauhati West are as good as dead especially with the continued poor show of the incumbent MLA, Ramendra Narayan Kalita of AGP in which case, a surfeit of prospective BJP candidates from Gauhati West cannot be ruled out. The requirements in Guwahati today, for the sake of democracy, are good challengers to the BJP and that seems lacking.

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