Jorhat, Sept. 9: A Congress supporter was injured and three vehicles of the party were damaged when members of Sanmilita Ganashakti Party and the Congress clashed in Majuli today.
The incident took place at Garmur when candidates of the two parties were coming in processions to file nominations for the Mising Autonomous Council elections.
Today was the last date for filing nominations for the council’s three seats — 30, 31 and 32 — in Majuli. Elections to the 36-member council — being held for the first time — will be held in two phases on October 3 and 7. Counting will be held on October 10.
A source said Ganashakti Party members, who outnumbered those of the Congress, threw stones at Congress vehicles, damaging three of them and injuring a Congress supporter. “The Congress seems to have lost the confidence of the Mising people. It has become a divided house with half of them supporting sitting MLA Rajiv Lochan Pegu and the other half Union minister of state for tribal affairs, Ranee Narah.”
“Today’s clash and the show of strength by the Ganashakti Party is a clear indication of which way the wind is blowing this time in Majuli,” the source added.
The nominations were filed after police and CRPF personnel quelled the mob.
In Sonitpur district, where the council poll is scheduled to be held on October 3, eight candidates filed nominations for 26 Jiabharali and 27 Luhitmukh segments, under Tezpur and Gohpur sub-divisions, at the office of deputy commissioner and returning officer for the two segments, Lalit Gogoi, in Tezpur today.