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Cong to face combined oppn in KA
Correspondent DIPHU, MAR 17:
Published on 18 Mar. 2011 12:07 AM IST
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With only days left, fight for the upcoming Assam Assembly election is reaching boiling point here. A sizzling contest will be seen in Karbi Anglong between ruling Congress candidates in one end and combined opposition contestants on the other hand. Added to this, intellectuals are of the view that BJP contender for the Diphu seat may end up as the “Dark Horse”, putting an end to the Congress pre-eminence.
If trend of the last Assembly is to be seen, Congress emerged winner from Diphu, Howraghat and Baithalangso while the Bokajan seat went to ASDC. Howraghat MLA seat, considered as a Congress bastion, is unlikely to witness any real challenges. The Baithalangso MLA seat, from where Congress emerged as clear winner in the last two Assembly elections, is also not likely to see any rigid confrontation; however, selection of candidate here may play a major role in the mind of voters which may influence ultimate outcome of the result.
Meanwhile, in a major breakthrough, PAPA- a conglomeration of various socio-political parties- has finalized the name of its candidates. While George Millick will vie from Diphu, veteran ASDC leader Chomong Kro will compete from Howraghat; Ex- CEM of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and senior ASDC member Jotson Bey will clash from Baithalangso; and significantly, sitting MLA Jagat Sing Engti will contest from Bokajan for PAPA.
BJP’s candidate, Padma Maibongsa will fight from Diphu, while Tapan Teron, Suniti Sangma and Arun Teron will contest from Howraghat, Bokajan and Baithalangso respectively.
Although no discontentment among party supporters have surfaced till now, specially after declaration of its list of candidates, possibilities cannot be ruled out.
Sources within the party revealed that the national party reposed total faith on the HAD Minister of Assam, and the party high command has once again sealed the deal in favour of K.S. Engti from Howraghat.
The party has expressed total faith on Dr. Man Sing Rongpi and Bidya Sing Engleng who are contesting from Baithalangso and Diphu, whereas for the Bokajan seat, where Congress had to guzzle defeat twice, the party has placed a complete new face this time around to infuse new aspiration among the voters.

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