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Poll campaign intensifies in KA

Correspondent Diphu Mar 30 | Publish Date: 3/30/2019 12:21:38 PM IST

With the poll date inching closer,  Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Districts have gone into full election mode as political parties, including ruling, opposition and independent candidates have strengthened their poll campaign to pursue voters, particularly of the rural areas.

The campaigning has also triggered shifting of party activists and electorates from one party to other. It however seems to be a one-way interchange as the maximum rush is to join the ruling BJP.

In the intervening time, fifty three families led by Augustine Enghee merged with the ruling BJP in a poll meeting held at Chek-Artu and Harlongchebat village located near Hamren yesterday. The new members from opponent party were accorded a welcome by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council’s Executive Member Mongolsing Timung.

Addressing party gathering, Timung took a jibe at Congress MP Birensing Engti calling him a record holder in sleeping throughout his political carrier. 

“He is over 90 years old, and even if he is elected from Diphu he can’t fight in Parliament in such condition for the cause of the people of the autonomous hills districts and we have seen throughout his tenure as an MP, he has completed golden jubilee in sleeping,” Timung ridiculed.

In Dima Hasao district ,BJP nominee Horesing Bey completed his second round of intensified campaigning along with leaders of the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council and hundreds of BJP workers. 

Till now,  the mood of the bulk voters are visibly in favor of BJP where just few month ago,  it registered an empathic victory in the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council election winning 24 Member of Autonomous Council seats out of the 26.  In contrast,  congress’s  campaign is practically uninfluenced not only in Dima Hasao but in West Karbi Anglong and Karbi Anglong autonomous hill districts. 

Regional party ASDC candidate Holiram Terang at this stage is principally banking on the Autonomous State Issue, the traditional support of the regional party due to its deep penetration within maximum community may fetch respectable figure in this election.

The basic opposition of ruling party’s candidate is his militant background which has become ideal tool for congress to woo voters of non tribal community; other adversary is the land policy and voters list controversy of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. 

The Congress and its allies have been dispersing these issues among the stake holders. The BJP is however well ahead of all other parties and it will be interesting to see how the old war horse Birensing Engti of Congress draws the limelight to stun BJP.

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