Wednesday , March 30 , 2011
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A dustbin of woes
Itís apparently just a dustbin but for Rupjyoti Kurmi, Congress candidate for Mariani, it is a vessel of such intense sentiment that he is even willing to take the risk of losing some voters. Rupjyoti built the dustbin in memory of his mother and former MLA, Rupam Kurmi, with her name emblazoned on it. People often spit on the bin and the jet lands on the name, enraging Rupjyoti. So angered is the son that he has threatened to teach a lesson to all those who use it, well, just as a spitoon. The threatened lot is now considering switching allegiance to the Trinamul Congress.
The Adivasi Kala Kristri Vikash Kendra is literally making a song and dance about the whole poll business. The NGO is using troupes comprising 12 artistes to perform songs and streetplays to create awareness about voting. The district public relations department is also playing audio cassettes of Zubeen Garg and former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalamís vote appeal.
The All Tai Ahom Studentsí Union and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, protesting non-development of Sivasagar, burnt effigies of Jorhat MP B.K. Handique and Sivasagar MLA Pranab Gogoi when they arrived at Betbari in the district to campaign for the Congress on Tuesday.
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