FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, March 17: Nomition papers for the coming assembly elections were filed today by the candidates of different political parties. Cachar Zila Parishad, Unyan Bhawan and the establishment of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar were the centres for submission of nomition papers. In all, eight candidates filed their papers today before the respective returning officers.
After filing his nomition, BJP candidate Dilip Kumar Paul interacting with the media-persons said “My stress will be on the issues of development and I want to fight against all sorts of malpractices.” He pointed out that youth must be given opportunity in politics, hinting at the growing age of his prime opponent, Bithika Dev. He said that age is a factor in politics since active participation requires young blood. On being asked about the sudden appearance of his main contender, he evaded it. He added to say one should quit active politics when one reaches the age of 65. He also said that he is in an advantageous position since Tamal Banik, former vice-chairman of Silchar Municipal Board, is not contesting.
Rajdeep Goala, MLA Lakhipur, also filed his nomition paper today. Like Dilip Kumar Paul, he too laid stress on the issues of development, secularism and peace. He said that Congress is hopeful it will again form the government under the dymic leadership of Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister. He believes that the tea belts and the residents of Lakhipur town will ‘bless’ him with their votes. Rajdeep Goala making a direct reference to BJP candidate Thoiba Singha said how can he talk of development when he has no knowledge of Lakhipur and its people?
Thoiba Singha, BJP candidate for Lakhipur constituency, too filed his nomition paper. Replying on the comment of Rajdeep Goala he said that he wants to make Lakhipur a ‘Congress free’ constituency. “There is no sympathy vote in BJP like other political parties, we woo votes by dint of our dedicated services. If we come to power we will try to solve the unemployment issue of Lakhipur”, said Thoiba Singha. He meant to say Rajdeep Goala is begging votes on the sympathy plank following the death of his father Dinesh Prasad Goala.
Amar Chand Jain, BJP candidate for Katigorah, was also one of the candidates to file his nomition. His prime agenda is to provide proper transport facilities, water supply and electricity to the areas in scarcity in his constituency. He is sure of getting the support of the voters. Two other BJP candidates, Aminul Haque Laskar of Soi and Parimal Suklabaidya of Dholai submitted their nomition papers. Marching down with hundreds of workers and supporters from the party headquarters at Itkhola, Aminul Haque Laskar has given a sigl to his prime contender Amul Haque Laskar of Congress that the fight will be fierce.
Parimal Suklabaidya, former MLA and frontline BJP leader, while interacting with the media-persons said that people will teach the Congress party who ruled the state for long 15 years with trails of corruption and misrule by casting their franchise in favour of BJP. He expressed his confidence that the next government at Dispur will be formed by BJP. Md. Saleh Ahmed Talukdar and Karim Uddin Barbhuiya, Independent candidates from Katigorah constituency, were also among the candidates who submitted their nomition papers.