‘Our campaign during the civic polls will be a local affair. The services of the local leaders will be availed during the campaign because they are the ones in the know of local problems better than anyone else. Our poll agenda will also be local issues and problems that are being neglected by the Congress over the years.’
– Siddahrtha Bhattacharyya
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 24: The February 9 civic poll in Assam is going to be the dress rehearsal for the state BJP that is bent on whitewashing the ruling Congress in the state.
"Our root–Congress–out drive has already been started, and this year’s civic body poll results will sound the death knell for the Congress in Assam," said state BJP president Siddahrtha Bhattacharyya today.
Bhattacharyya said: “It’s certain that we’ll win most of the seats, even in known Congress forts. In some places we had no footholds till recently, but now we have made that happen. The response is simply awesome, and the rush of candidates for party tickets this time around is the glaring proof of this. Back in the day, getting suitable and efficient poll candidates was a problem for the BJP in Assam. However, now the party is in the problem of plenty. The rush of candidates for BJP tickets for the ensuing civic polls in the State is such that for the ticket of the party in a ward the number of aspirants goes as high as 18/19. The party is facing a harrowing time to choose the right candidates.”
Bhattacharyya was on record saying recently that no indiscipline would be tolerated in the party. “No anti–party activities during or in the run–up to the polls will be tolerated. Even senior leaders won’t be spared for such activities,” he said, and added that when there were as many as 19 candidates for party ticket in a constituency, the party would give its ticket to only one, and in such events others should not revolt against the party.
Bhattacharyya further said that both urban and rural people of the state were fed up with the maladministration and corruption of the Congress. “The people of the state have now extended their support to the BJP,” Bhattacharyya said, and added: “Our campaign during the civic polls will be a local affair. The services of the local leaders will be availed during the campaign because they are the ones in the know of local problems better than anyone else. Our poll agenda will also be local issues and problems that are being neglected by the Congress over the years,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state BJP has filized the candidates of 34 town committees and 21 municipal boards of the state that are going to poll on February 9 next.
The 34 town committees for which the party has filized its candidates for the civic polls are Tihu, Kharupetia, Chapakhowa, Patacharkuchi, Pathsala, Chabua, harkatiya, mrup, Moran, Simaluguri, Dimow, Bokakhat, Sorupathar, Barpothar, North Guwahati, Lakhipur, Lala, Badarpur, Sorbhog, Sarthebari, Hawli, Lakhipur, Chapatgram, Chapor, Dhakuakha, Teok, Moriani, Titabor, Doomdooma, Margherita, Digboi, Gauripur and Abhoyapuri.
The 21 municipal boards for which the party has filized its candidates for the civic polls are lbari, Rangiya, Mangaldai, Polasbari, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Amguri, zira, Sori, Golaghat, Dergaon, Silchar, Hailakandi, Karinganj, Barpeta Road, Goalpara, Dhubri, Bilasipara, Tinsukia and Bongaigaon.