GUWAHATI: Dispur LAC (Legislative Assembly Constituency) – the largest constituency in the State in terms of area and numbers of electors and polling stations – is in for a triangular contest in this Assembly election. The LAC is going to poll in the third and final phase on April 6, 2021.
This constituency has as many as 13 candidates in fray. They are MLA Atul Bora of the BJP, Manjit Mahanta of the Congress, Hridayananda Gogoi of the NCP, Pallabi Rabha of the JD-U, Prince Faizul Haque of the Assam Jatiya Parishad, Sukanta Mazumdar of the Bharatiya Gana Parishad, Sonamoni Das of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Charan Chandra Deka (Independent), Nitul Das (Independent), Pallabi Doley (Independent), Biswajit Nath (Independent), Shailen Kalita (Independent) and Harendra Nath Deka (Independent).
Manjit Mahanta actually hails from the Anchalik Gana Morcha which is a constituent of the Congress-led seven-party grand alliance. In the alliance's seat-sharing agreement, the Dispur seat has been given to the Anchalik Gana Morcha. However, Manjit Mahanta, working president of the regional party, filed his nominations as a Congress candidate.
Dispur LAC with 4,11,636 electors –2,04,134 males, 2,07,489 females and 13 transgender – in 607 polling stations covers both urban and rural areas in Kamrup (M) district.
According to political pundits, Dispur LAC is going to witness a triangular contest amongst Atul Bora of the BJP, Manjit Mahanta of the Congress and Prince Faizul Haque of the Assam Jatiya Parishad.
In the 2016 Assembly poll, Atul Bora defeated Akon Bora of the Congress by a margin of 1,30,197 votes. While Atul Bora polled 1,98,378 votes, his nearest Congress rival Akon Bora polled 68,181 votes.
While Atul Bora is seeking votes from development and security planks, both Manjit Mahanta and Prince Faizul Haque are seeking votes on their stance against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act). The latter two say that development in Dispur LAC has not been as expected in the past five years.