Jorhat, Sept. 21: All political parties in Majuli pledged to maintain peace and allow the Mising Autonomous Council election to take place without any more clashes, at the Shanti Sabha held at Kumarbari Ranga Mancha, Jengraimukh.
The political parties called the peace meet today at the behest of Majuli sub-divisional administration, which had appealed to the parties not to disrupt the democratic process of campaigning and electioneering.
Laya Madduri, SDO, civil, Majuli said following incidents in which Congress and Ganashakti Party supporters had clashed over non-issues leading to a lathicharge, breaking of vehicles and stone throwing, she had convened a meeting yesterday of all party candidates and asked them to desist from such activities.
This resulted in the party leaders of AGP, BJP, Ganashakti and Congress calling the meeting today in which Majuli Congress MLA Rajiv Lochan Pegu was present.
Pegu asked the people to maintain peace and let the election take place in a fair manner. P. Doley, Ganashakti leader in Majuli, alleged over phone that the “Congress was out to suppress the Ganashakti Party candidates and was conspiring to wrest power by any means.”
Punya Saikia, a resident of the island said it would be difficult for the Congress to win the council polls as the Misings, who were spread over eight districts, were disenchanted by the lack of development in Mising areas, especially Dhemaji, Dhakuakhana, Dibrugarh and Majuli.
The Mising Autonomous Council elections will be held in two phases on October 3 and 7, for the first time, after a period of 18 years since the formation of the council in 1995.
Majuli has three seats, Sanga, Phuloni Jokaiboa and Radang-Rikkong, in the council.