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Gogoi’s election rally turns a dud show
Correspondent Diphu, March: 28:
Published on 28 Mar. 2011 11:32 PM IST
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The first election rally addressed by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi after his release from the hospital at Sarihajan play playground of Bokajan LAC, yesterday turned out to be a big humiliation for the CM, as there was very little attendance. The red faced Chief Minister had a tough time sharing the same dais with Diphu MP Biren Sing Engti’s son Klengdum Engti the Congress candidate from Bokajan, for whom the CM came to electioneer. He is pitted against Jagat Sing Engti, the common independent candidate put up by PAPA who had retained their seat for the last three consecutive terms contesting under the ASDC banner.
Many of the local Congress leaders including members of the autonomous council and the MP seemed visibly speechless in making clear the reason for skeletal number present. The leaders later blamed this to the scarcity of vehicles and harsh Election Commission rules.
Gogoi who arrived at Sarihajan by chopper along with wife Dolly and the US-returned son Gaurav stressed on the development activities undertaken by the Congress government since the last ten years. Pointing to the candidature of young Engti, Mr. Gogoi said that the society demands youth and educated leadership and Klengdun is fit for the post. Criticizing the opposition, the CM said that the Congress is the only party which works for the interest of the common people. Mr. Gogoi further appealed to the people of Bokajan LAC to support the Congress candidate so that the area witnesses development. He also assured increasing the number of seats for women in the KAAC, avoiding the issue, why out of five seats of the hilly region of Assam, Congress did not bother to spare even one for the women.
Later annoyed Gogoi left for Khumtai in Golaghat district to address another election rally. The rally was attended by Mr. Biren Sing Engti, MP, Mr. Joyram Engleng, CEM, KAAC and many others EMs.

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