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Howraghat, Bokajan ready for polls
Published on 4 Apr. 2011 10:38 PM IST
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DIPHU, APR 3, 2011: After month long campaigning and consuming inhuman torment the day for judging the domino effect has come, seventeen candidates representing various parties and individuals on the fray, their destiny will be sealed off in the EVM, at the stroke of clock at 3 pm officially today.
Till filing of this report poll scenario in the entire district is still murky. In Bokajan, if Klengdoon Ingti has the support of his big father and defected MAC (member Of autonomous Council) of CPI (ML), ASDC etc., Jagat Singh Ingti of PAPA (peoples alliance for peace agreement) the three time winner has the support of ASDC, CPI (ML), NCP and Congress candidate of last MLA election Hidhi Nath Rongpi, who received 18896 votes.
Bulu Sangma of CPI (ML) received 12226 votes and Jagat himself got 20235 votes.
Arithmetically PAPA nominee is in much comfortable position. On the other hand the sitting MP Birensing Ingti has thrown his entire weight behind Klendoon Ingti and capitalizing the issue of development in Bokajan in which Jagat’s performance is poor.
It’s a battle of young versus experienced, the best campaigner of Congress Sonia Gandhi and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has appealed to elect Klendoon in person at Bokajan.
The constituency has a total strength of 131712 votes and any one scoring above 35000 may snatch the victory.
Howraghat is likely to be one of the keenly contested constituencies in the district where the HAD Minister Khorsing Engti is locking horn against ASDC’s veteran leader Chomang Kro who is the common independent candidate of PAPA.
The BJP has nominated Tapan Teron who contested the last election as an independent candidate and bagged over 10,000 votes.
The other independent candidates who have entered the fray are Devan Rongpi and Hari Terang but they are not expected to make any impact on the electoral scene. The election on the other had has become a sort of war for the political survival between the two veterans.
The constituency has 1, 08,159 voters. In the 2006 Assembly election Khorsing Engti won with 27,302 votes against his nearest rival, Rabi Kumar Phangcho of CPI (ML) who received 15,064 votes. Engti defeated Phangcho by a huge margin of 12238 votes. Since the ASDC was divided in many factions, the election became completely one sided in favour of Khorsing Engti. Engti had also the advantage of being CEM of KAAC at that time.
Engti is confident of his win by huge margin this time also. Refuting the charges of opposition, Engti said. This time Engti has a lot to reply about corruption charges and ethnic clash, during his tenure the infamous 1000 crore scam took place in NC Hills and in last nine year of Congress regime as many as five ethnic clashes took place in Karbi Anglong.
The combined vote of CPI(ML) and ASDC is capable of upsetting Congress dream but how far this will be put in to effect is a mater of concern for Chomang Kro. Howraghat on the surface appears to be tilting towards Congress but one cannot fathom the under current.

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