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SP MLA unwilling to contest

Dhubri, March 19: Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Afzalur Rahman, a political stalwart and minority leader in lower Assam districts, has declined to contest the election on health grounds.

Rahman, 70, was legislator for six times from the Jaleswar constituency of Goalpara district. The party was considering fielding him from Dhubri Lok Sabha seat this time.

However, Rahman said his health would not permit him to contest this poll.

“I am unwell, so it’s not possible for me to campaign,” he said over phone from Jaleswar.

The state president of the party, H.R.A. Chowdhury, said he (Rahman) was unwell and had already informed his inability to contest the election.

Names of two more party candidates — Trinamul Congress and AGP — are yet to be announced.

Sources said Soleman Ali was most likely to be the Trinamul candidate while the AGP is likely to field Ashwani Kumar Mahanta. Both parties would soon make the announcements, the source said.