| AAP activists campaign in Dhubri. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, March 13: Ajmal Hussain, a resident of Goalpara town, has been named the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency.
The party is optimistic about its prospect in the election though it is still on a membership drive in Dhubri and Goalpara. “We have to face the election a little unprepared but that does not matter as the AAP is a party of the common people and our main strength lies in them. If people come out and choose the right candidate who will deliver the promises then what is wrong in contesting the election?” Dhubri AAP convener Mirza Khan asked.
AAP sources said it was the common people of Dhubri and Goalpara who wanted the party to field a candidate from Dhubri seat as people living in this border district have been facing various problems and wanted to register a protest.
The message of the AAP is loud and clear: it is against corruption and wants to bring a qualitative change in governance and services, sources said.
Debojyoti Neogi, a social activist of Bilasipara town of Dhubri district, said the common man’s expectation from the party was running high.
“The candidate from the AAP will be watched by the people,” Neogi added.
Abdul Khalek Mian, a resident of Mantrirchar, a border village in the district, said the promises made by the politicians and parties never materialised but leaders in the AAP seemed to be different.
“Dhubri is politically and socially a sensitive and complicated district and the AAP can do better in the polls if it hits the root of the problems here,” he said.
Hussain said he was overwhelmed by the support of the people from all the 10 Assembly constituencies in Dhubri seat.
“Dhubri is one of the most backward districts in Assam and so is Goalpara. There is hardly any motorable road to South Salmara and Mancachar in the district from Goalpara. Poor socio-economic condition, coupled with flood and erosion, have made life miserable,” Hussain added.