Silchar: With just a week left for the polls for Silchar, electioneering by different political parties has reached high crescendo across the urban and rural areas of the seven assembly constituencies of the parliamentary seat. Of course, much of the colour and verve is missing with posters, banners and graffiti missing due to the strict enforcement of model code of conduct. The poll firmament has already heated up as the mikes fixed on three or four wheelers continue to blare out the messages of promises for change or hope for better days. The campaigning is not all that dull, drab and dismal. Lyrics in between interspersed with sarcasm and banter add gusto to it.
BJP, Congress, NPP, SUCI, Trinamool, and Independents in the fray for the prestigious seat have their own way of reaching out to the voters and woo them. The most glaring is the contest between BJP and Congress which have thrown in all their phalanx to beat each other. Rahul Gandhi, Congress President, came down to campaign for Sushmita Dev. Narendra Modi is reaching on Thursday to add grist to the poll mill of Dr Rajdeep Roy. Conrad Sangma, NPP President, is expected to come and boost up the morale of Nazia Yasmin Mazumder and her rank and file to upset the apple carts of BJP and Congress.
Nazia’s silent and steady campaign has sent shockers for the main adversaries and raised the fear of her emerging as a dark horse to turn upside down all arithmetic. After all, now election is chemistry. Bashir Ahmed, Independent, contesting from Baramulla Kashmir is being considered a dark horse in the poll battle involving NCP and PDP by political analysts. As the D day reaches near and fast, Nazia has become the cynosure of poll observers. Her entry in the battle has made electioneering interesting.
In the meantime, SUCI candidate Shyamdeo Kurmi, who is carrying out his propaganda with bands of dedicated workers on a low profile, is calling upon voters to vote for democracy with usual punch of haranguing on BJP and Congress. Trinamool leaders, Firhad Hakim, minister in Mamata Banerjee Cabinet, and Gopinath Das, state president of the party, have given punch to Silchar candidate Hitabrata Roy’s campaign just for the sake of being in the race. Demagoguery and oratory apart, the race for the hot L S seat has generated lot of enthusiasm as well as speculation among the voters to know if it will be repetition of 2014 or a reversal of it or any upset.
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