Silchar: With Barely three weeks left for the election to the two parliamentary seats of Silchar and Karimganj, the poll scenario is gradually picking up. Candidates and leaders along with their workers of different political parties are now busy with campaigning across the length and breadth of the valley. At least, the common people get the opportunity to see the faces of candidates who otherwise remain elusive. ECI’s model code of conduct has put the political parties on cautious approach in campaigning. Posters and banners, boisterous blaring of mikes and lung-fest of speeches, common things during elections, are yet to be seen. The campaigning as of now is seen mostly in rural areas.
The two seats of Silchar and Karimganj are crucial for BJP, one held by Congress and the other by AIUDF. BJP has fielded Rajdeep Roy for Silchar and Kripanath Mallah for Karimganj. Both have to be wrested back to add to the tally of comfortable majority to form government at Delhi. Congress has to retain Silchar and win back Karimganj. AIUDF, it is now more than clear, is on tie up with Congress. Badaruddin’s party has left the field open for Congress for Silchar and for Karimganj, it will be in all probability a friendly contest. The battle for BJP is therefore going to be tough.
Even during Modi wave, BJP could not win the parliamentary seats in 2014. Can it now, this is the big question? But Narendra Modi’s rally at Kalinagar just on the eve of 2016 assembly polls did help the party win 8 of the 15 seats of the valley. The Prime Minister did address yet another mammoth public meeting on February 4 this year with the message both the seats have to be won. He is scheduled to address a public meeting on April 7, the venue of which is being selected somewhere at the mid place for the convenience of BJP workers of the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. He will bolster up the morale of leaders and workers to ensure victory for both the seats.
Congress is pulling up all socks to face challenge from its main adversary BJP. In order to add grist to the poll campaigning of Sushmita Dev (Silchar) and Swarup Das (Karimganj), Rahul Gandhi is also expected to address a public meeting here. Details about which will be shared by Deepan Dewanjee, publicity secretary of district Congress committee. The pitch for Sushmita seems to be queered by NPP candidate Nazia Yasmin Mazumder. Rahul Gandhi is expected to boost up the leaders and workers to repeat the performance of 2014 at Silchar and wrest back Karimganj from AIUDF. Still, the great challenge is from BJP. Amit Shah, all India general secretary of BJP, is also visiting the valley, date is yet to be finalized, according to party source here.
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