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Assam Polls 2021: Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kr Dass, 5 Ministers including Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the Race in Phase 3

7-times MLA and Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury will try his luck for the 8th time. First timer and grand-daughter of Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Bordoloi, Ashima Bordoloi is contesting from Gauhati East

Assam Polls 2021: Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kr Dass, 5 Ministers including Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the Race in Phase 3

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 April 2021 6:45 PM GMT

Jalukbari Constituency: Key Candidate – Himanta Biswa Sarma (BJP), Assam Minister for Finance, Health, Education, Planning and Development and PWD



Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Finance, Planning & Development, Health & Family Welfare, PWD, and Education Minister is contesting the Assam Assembly elections 2021 from the Jalukbari seat for the sixth time.

He has been an MLA from the Jalukbari constituency since 2001. He was then a Congress candidate. In May 2015 he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following difference between the then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. member.

He won the Jalukbari seat four times in a row -- 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 Assam Elections, and lost once in 1996. In the 2001 Assam Election, he defeated Bhrigu Kumar Phukan of AGP by 10,019 votes. In the 2006 Assam Election, he defeated Puspa Deka of AGP by 42,468 votes. In the 2011 Assam Election, he defeated Prodyut Kumar Bora of BJP by 77,403 votes. And, in the 2016 Assam Election, he defeated Niren Deka of INC by 85,935 votes.

In the 1996 Assam Election, he lost to Bhrigu Kumar Phukan of AGP by 17,128 votes, where he stood second with a total number of 29,318 votes.

Jalukbari will see a five-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Jalukbari seat are Romen Chandra Borthakur (INC), and three Independent candidates - Naba Kumar Nath, Md. Moinul Hoque, and Hemanta Kumar Sut.

Kokrajhar East Constituency: Key Candidate: Pramila Rani Brahma (BPF), Assam Minister for Social Welfare and Soil Conservation



Pramila Rani Brahma, Assam Minister for Social Welfare and Soil Conservation is among the key candidates going to the polls in Phase 3 (Apr 6) of the Assam Assembly elections 2021. She is contesting from the Kokrajhar East seat for the seventh time.

She won six times consecutively in the 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 (as an Independent candidate) 2011 and 2016 (as a BPF candidate) Assam Elections. In the 1991 Assam Election, she as an independent contestant, defeated Dhwajendra Brahma of INC with 54,699 votes. In the 1996 Assam Election, she defeated Chitta Ranjan Brahma (Independent) by 19723 votes. In the 2001 Assam Election, she defeated Charan Narzary of INC by 76,195 votes. In the 2006 Assam Election, she defeated Rabiram Narzary (Independent) by 2235 votes. In the 2011 Assam Election, she (BOPF) defeated Kishore Basumatary (Independent) by 45904 votes. And, in the 2016 Assam Election, she defeated Pratibha Brahma (Independent) by 40,091 votes.

Pramila is the sitting MLA from the Kokrajhar constituency in the 14th Assam Assembly.

Kokrajhar East will see a five-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Kokrajhar East seat are Mijing Brahma (VPI), Lawrence Islary (UPPL), and two Independent candidates -- Manaj Kumar Brahma and Sailendra Nath Brahma.

Dharmapur Constituency: Key Candidate – Chandra Mohan Patowary (BJP), Assam Minister for Commerce & Industry, Transport, Parliament Affairs, Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship Development



Chandra Mohan Patowary, Assam Commerce & Industry, Transport, Parliament Affairs, Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship Development is contesting from the Dharmapur seat for the eighth (8th) time.

As an MLA, he has been representing the Dharmapur constituency since 1985 till date. From 1985 to 2014 he was a politician from the AGP camp. In 2014 he joined BJP. He had earlier in 2011 stepped down as the President of AGP taking ownership for the party's poor performance in the 2011 Assam Assembly elections.

He was the Health Minister of Assam from 1985-1990 and Agriculture Minister from 1996-2001. He also served as the Leader of Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly from 2006-2011.

He won the Assam Assembly elections five times in 1985, 1991, 1996, 2006, and 2016, and lost twice in 2001 and 2011.

In the 1985 Assam Election, Patowary (as an Independent) defeated Dr Bhumidhar Barman of INC by 35,287 votes. In the 1991 Assam Election, he (as an Independent) defeated Kishore Male of INC by 8259 votes. In 1996, 2006, and 2016 Assam Elections, he (AGP) defeated Nilamani Sen Deka of INC by 30,555, 9554, 33,943 votes.

In the 2001 and 2011 Assam Elections, he lost to Nilamani Sen Deka by 1451 and 5331 votes.

Dharmapur will see a five-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Dharmapur seat are Ratul Patowary (INC), Pramod Chandra Bhagabati (SUCI), Dr Sikhar Kumar Sarma (AJP), and Jyotirmay Sharma (Independent).

Gauhati East Constituency: Key Candidate - Siddhartha Bhattacharyya (BJP), Assam Minister for Law & Justice and Guwahati Development



Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Assam Minister for Law and Justice and Guwahati Development is contesting from the Gauhati East seat for the third time on a BJP ticket.

He had joined BJP in 1995 and was party President of the Assam unit in 2014 but was replaced by Sarbananda Sonowal ahead of the 2016 Assam Legislative Assembly election. He is a National Spokesperson for BJP for the North-Eastern region as well.

He won once in the 2016 Assam Election by defeating Bobbeeta Sharma of INC by 96,637 votes and lost to Capt Robin Bordoloi of INC by 3997 votes in 2011. In the 2011 elections Bhattacharyya stood second with a total of 43,730 votes.

Siddhatha Bhattacharyya is the son of prominent politician of yesteryears, Gaurishankar Bhattacharyya.

An interesting face in the race this time from Gauhati East is that of Ashima Bordoloi contesting Assam Assembly elections for the first time. She is the grand-daughter of Assam's first Chief Minister, Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi and daughter of former Assam Minister and 2-time MLA from Gauhati East, Capt Robin Bordoloi. She is contesting on a Congress ticket.

Adip Phukan a senior journalist who played an active role during the Assam Agitation and in many regionalist movements across the state is also contesting the elections from Gauhati East. The former editor of Assamese weekly Sadin and Executive Editor of Assamese daily Pratidin is contesting on an Assam Jatiya Parishad.

Gauhati East will see a ten-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Gauhati East seat are Raj Prasad Saikia (NPP), Pranab Jyoti Das (RPI), Bapi Aich (BGP), Bhupen Sarma (AIFB), Mitali Deka Devi (LJSP), and two Independent candidates - Diwas Phukan and Pranay Das.

Gauhati West Constituency: Key Candidate – Ramendra Narayan Kalita, 5-Time MLA



Ramendra Narayan Kalita, five-time MLA from the Gauhati West constituency as an AGP candidate is contesting the Assam Assembly election 2021 for the sixth time. He has won the 1985 election as an Independent. In 1991, 1996, 2006 and 2016 he won as an AGP candidate. He is the BJP-AGP alliance candidate this election.

There are 14 other candidates from the Gauhati West seat. Congress has fielded Mira Borthakur Goswami against Ramen Kalita. She is a former spokesperson of the BJP. She was expelled from BJP in 2018 for anti-party activities. She joined Congress in January this year (2021).

The other candidates contesting from the Gauhati West seat are Swapnali Das (Independent), Raktimava Swami (Independent), Amitabh sarma (Independent), Kishor Kumar Das ( Lok Jan Shakti Party), Runa Laila (AJP), Baleswar Rongpi (Independent), Kazi Nekib Ahmed (Independent), Nesaruddin Ahmed (Independent), Debakesh Malla Buzarbaruah (Janata Dal-United), Avijit Chakraborty (BGP), Kalyan Kumar Sharma (Republican Party of India), Dhananjay Kalita (Independent) and Pankaj Das ( Swarna Bharat Party).

Bongaigaon Constituency: Key Candidate – Phani Bhushan Choudhury (AGP), Assam Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Pension & Public Grievances



Phani Bhusan Choudhury, Assam Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Pension & Public Grievances is contesting from the Bongaigaon seat for the eighth time.

He won seven times consecutively in the Assam Elections of 1985, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016. In the 1985 Assam Election, he (as an Independent) defeated Guru Charan Singha of CPI-M by 13,438 votes. In the 1991 Assam Election, he (AGP) defeated Bali Narayan Singha of CPI-M by 5776 votes. In the 1996 Assam Election, he defeated Chimang Brahma (Independent) by 24,758 votes. In the 2001 Assam Election, he defeated Rajeswar Choudhury of INC by 26,860 votes. In the 2006 Assam Election, he defeated Girish Baruah of INC by 27,673 votes. In the 2011 Assam Election, he defeated Prabhat Baisnab of INC by 12,397 votes. And, in the 2016 Assam Election, he defeated Shankar Prasad Ray of INC by 31,320 votes.

Bongaigaon will see a nine-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Bongaigaon seat are Sabendra Basumatary (VPI), Dipu Choudhury (AJP), Shankar Prasad Ray (INC), Prabhat Baisnab (NPP), Sujit Kumar Roy (BGP), Santanu Mukherjee (PJP), and Gautam Dutta (Independent).

Sidli Constituency: Key Candidate - Chandan Brahma (BPF), Assam Minister for Tourism, Welfare of Plain Tribes & Backward Classes



Chandan Brahma, Assam Tourism, Welfare of Plain Tribes & Backward Classes Minister is contesting from the Sidli seat for the fourth time.

He won the Assam Elections three times in 2006, 2011, and 2016. In the 2006 Assam Election, he (as an Independent) defeated Louis Islary (Independent) by 5653 votes. In the 2011 Assam Election, he (BPF) defeated Maoti Brahma Hazowary (Independent) by 36,881 votes. In the 2016 Assam Election, he defeated Rwngwra Narzary (Independent) by 8988 votes.

Sidli will see a five-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Sidli seat are Joyanta Basumatary (UPPL), Ranjay Kumar Brahma (JDU), and two Independent candidates - Jisoya Champramary and Smriti Basumatary.

Patacharkuchi Constituency: Key Candidate - Ranjeet Kumar Dass (BJP), President of Assam BJP



Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass is contesting the Assam Election for the third time. In the last two consecutive elections, he contested from the Sorbhog constituency. This time, he is contesting from the Patacharkuchi constituency.

He won the Assam Elections twice in 2011 and 2016. In the 2011 Assam Election, he defeated A Salim of AIUDF by 19,182 votes, and in the 2016 Assam Election, he defeated Anurupa Hannan of INC by 19,526 votes.

He was elected as Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly in 2016 when Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam.

He became a member of the BJP in 1992 and was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly from Sorbhog in Barpeta district in 2011. From 2011 to 2016, he was the deputy leader of the BJP in the Assam Legislative Assembly. He was elected as BJP Assam President on 30 January 2017.

Patacharkuchi will see a five-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Patacharkuchi seat are Santanu Sarma (INC), Krishna Mani Das (RPI-A), Pabindra Deka (AJP), and Chakra Pani Medhi (Independent).

Sarukhetri Constituency: Key Candidate – Kalpana Patowary, Singer



Indian playback and folk singer from Assam Kalpana Patowary is among the key candidates going to the polls in Phase 3 (Apr 6) of the Assam Assembly elections 2021. She is contesting from the Sarukhetri seat for the first time on an AGP ticket.

She joined AGP in October 2020. She had joined BJP in 2018 but quit the party soon.

Kalpana sings in 30 languages and she participated in the reality show "Junoon-Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka" (2008) on NDTV Imagine.

Trained in Kamrupiya and Goalporiya folk music by her folksinger father Bipin Nath Patowary, Kalpana started to publicly perform at the tender age of 4 with her father and is also trained as Sangeet Visharad in Indian classical music from Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow. She sings many forms of Bhojpuri folk music including Purvi, Pachra, Kajri, Sohar, Vivaah geet, Chaita, and Nautanki, as Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray.

Some of her well-known Hindi songs are – "Tere Layee" (Fool & Final), "Uncha Lamba Kad" (Welcome), "Gandi Baat" (R…Rajkumar), and many more.

Sarukhetri will see a twelve-cornered battle. The other contestants from the Sarukhetri seat are Ajidul Islam (RPI-A), Matiar Rahman (MJP), Jakir Hussain Sikdar (INC), Shahjahan Ali (National Road Map Party of India), Halima Khatun (SUCI), Manik Chandra Baro (AJP), Minakshi Rahman (AIUDF), Najrul Islam (Janata Party), Sayed Jeherul Islam (AITC), Nabab Mezbahul Alam (JDU), Binad Ali (Independent).

Dispur Constituency: Key Candidate -- Atul Bora (BJP), 4-Time Winner from Dispur Seat



Four-time MLA Atul Bora is contesting the 2021 Assembly Elections on a BJP ticket from the prestigious Dispur seat. He was a minister in the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta Government and has been the MLA of Dispur since 1985. He won the seat as an Independent candidate. He won the seat again in 1991 & 1996 on an Asom Gana Parishad ticket. In the 2016 Assam Assembly Election, he contested as a BJP candidate and was successful in defeating the former MLA of Dispur Akon Bora (INC), by securing 1, 98, 378 votes. Atul Bora had joined BJP from AGP in 2013.

Two senior journalists Hridaynanda Gogoi of NCP and Manjit Mahanta of INC (Congress) are also contesting from the Dispur seat.

Hridaynanda Gogoi is a journalist, critic, poet and editor. He was a Member of the Language Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi for a term of 10 years. He is also the Editor of the 'Swarnalipi' magazine and the Northeast Mail. He will be contesting on an NCP ticket.

Senior journalist Manjit Mahanta is also in the fray from the Dispur seat on an INC ticket this time. He has been associated with the field of Assamese media for a long time. He was the Executive Editor of Axomiya Protidin and has held many respectable positions throughout his career of journalism.

Dispur will see a 12-cornered battle. The other contesting candidates are Biswajit Nath (Independent), Prince Faizul Haque (AJP), Sukanta Mazumdar (BJP), Pallabi Doley (Independent), Sailen Kalita (Independent), Nitul Das (Independent),Charan Chandra Deka (Independent), Pallabi Rabha (Independent) and, Sonamoni Das (Lok Jan Shakti Party).

Barama Constituency: Key Candidate: Naba Kumar Sarania (IND) MP



Naba Kumar Sarania also known as Heera Sarania is a Lok Sabha MP from Kokrajhar. He had won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate.

Barama will see a five-cornered battle and one of the prominent candidates in the fray is Prabeen Boro, the general secretary of BPF. The other candidates from the Barama seat are Pradip kumar Baro (Independent), Sarojani Basumatary (Voters Party International), Bhupen Baro (United People's Party, Liberal).

Chapaguri Constituency: Key Candidate -- Urkhao Gwra Brahma, Working President, UPPL



Urkhao Gwra Brahma is the Working President of the United People's Party, Liberal. He is contesting from Chapaguri LAC in Baksa District, Assam. He was a Rajya Sabha MP. He is also a social worker who works for the betterment and growth of the Bodo society and is a respected figure in his community. He was awarded the prestigious Sahitya Academy award.

Chapaguri has another strong contesting candidate, Hitesh Basumatray of BPF, former MLA of the Chapaguri LAC. He lost to Thaneshwar Basumatary in the 2016 Assembly Elections with 27,342 votes.

Chapaguri will see a six-cornered battle. The other contesting candidates from the Chapaguri seat are Sujan Das (Raijor Dal), Jyotish Kumar Das (Independent), Rajkumar Baro (Voter's Party International) and Khampha Hungur Goyary (Independent).


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