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State BJP fails to sort out issue

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Dhemaji candidature imbroglio

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 17: The BJP Assam Pradesh has failed to resolve the issue of candidature for Dhemaji bye-poll slated to be held on April 9. The party met today on the issue today but failed to resolve it.

The candidature of Dr. Ranuj Pegu of the Ga Shakti, who is currently holding the post of Mising Autonomous Councl (MAC) Chief Executive Member (CEM), is the bone of contention among the BJP leaders and cadres in Dhemaji. The Apart from the Dhemaji District BJP Committee, six mandal committees and booth committees of the party in the district are against the candidature of Pegu. The candidature of Pegu also has few takers in the AGP and some other organizations in the district. The district committee, mandal and booth committees of the party have already made known their opposition to the candidature of Pegu to Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal, who is the chairman of State Election Committee of the party, State party president Ranjit Kumar Dass and top RSS leaders.

To take stock of displeasure of party leaders and cadres on Dhemaji Dass and party’s organizatiol general secretary Phanindrath Sarma rushed to Dhemaji yesterday. They had a discussion with party leaders there and came to know of the opposition against the candidature of Pegu. They assured the party men of raising the issue at a meeting on March 17 in Guwahati.

The Dhemaji LAC was vacated following then BJP MLA Pradan Baruah fighting the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha bye-election. The Saffron party, according to party sources, had taken its decision to field Ranuj Pegu in Dhemaji LAC, but with time passed by Pegu’s candidature got stuck in a logjam. As many as 16 BJP candidates have been seeking party tickets from Dhemaji.

State BJP election committee held a meeting in Brahmaputra State Guest House today. Besides the Chief Minister, other members of the committee were present at the meeting. The discussion was on party candidate for Dhemaji bye-poll and Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) poll. The meeting, however, failed to take the fil decision on the issue of party candidate for Dhemaji LAC. It decided to send a panel of candidates to the party’s central committee for the selection of the candidate.

State BJP spokesperson Dilip Saikia said: “Today’s meeting had a detailed discussion on the issue of candidate for Dhemaji bye-poll. We’ve decided to send a panel of candidates to the party’s central committee for the fil selection.”

The meeting also had a detailed discussion on KAAC elections. The party wants the KAAC polls to be held either in the last week of April or in the first week of May. The meeting took a decision to take up the matter with the State Election Officer (SEO).

Saikia said: “State party president Dass himself is the party in-charge of Karbi Anglong district. He himself will look after polls in the hill district. He, accompanied by organizing general secretary Pahindrath Sarma and party leader Lonki Phangsu, is leaving for Karbi Anglong tomorrow to hold a series of meetings with party leaders of East and West Karbi Anglong districts of the party organization.”

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