BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan retains Dibrugarh LAC for third time
From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, May 19: The call for parivartan has been welcomed by the people of Assam in general and the twin districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in particular, with Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) and its allies sweeping the assembly polls with a triumphant record-breaking win over the 15-year Congress regime led by Tarun Gogoi.
Notably, the change of call has been honored in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, hailed since Independence as Congress bastions, which were swept away by the BJP candidates, excluding the seat of Doomdoma which was won by the Congress candidate Durga Bhumij.
Noticeably, BJP MLA Prashanta Phukan, in a record-winning spree, returned to hold the Dibrugarh LAC seat for the third time, by defeating his rival Congress candidate and former chairman of Dibrugarh Municipality Board, Chandrakanta Borua, by a margin of 27,374 votes. Chandrakanta Barua polled 36,611 votes while Phukan got 63,985 votes.
Similarly, in a landmark victory, the BJP entered the political foray of Assam by thrashing rival Congress candidates in the prominent LAC seats of Duliajan, harkatia, Lahowal, Chabua, Moran and Tingkhong.
In Duliajan, Teros Gowala of BJP defeated his opponent Congress candidate, Dhruba Jyoti Gogoi by a margin of 17,037 votes, while the Lahowal LAC was bagged by BJP’s fresh candidate and former assistant general secretary of AASU, Ritupar Borua by defeating former Revenue Minister and Congress veteran Prithibi Majhi by 19,599 votes. Likewise, the harkatia LAC was taken away from former minister Prati Phukan by AGP’s ren Sonowal by 3,488 votes.
In the same way, heavyweight Congress leader, former Union Minister and president of Assam Cha Mazdoor Sangha, Paban Singh Ghatowar was defeated by a fresh BJP candidate Chakradhar Gogoi in Moran LAC by a margin of 16,231 votes. Notably, the Tingkhong seat too went to BJP party as its candidate Bimal Bora, a former AASU leader, filched the prestigious seat from his nearest opponent, Congress minister Atuwa Munda by 18,388 votes. In Chabua LAC seat, the victory mark was attained by Binod Hazarika, the president of the district unit of BJP, who defeated his Congress rival Raju Sahu by 30,754 votes.
Dibrugarh district with its seven LACs, once considered as Congress stronghold, has been swept away by BJP and AGP candidates in six LACs by defeating Congress candidates by a comfortable margin. The BJP candidate of Dibrugarh LAC, Prasanta Phukan, was able to retain his seat for the third consecutive term, a record feat because no MLA of Dibrugarh earlier could win the seat for more than two terms.