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Homemaker in fray on SP ticket

Guwahati, April 2: Bandana Barman Bharali, 30, has decided to keep kitchen utensils aside and ride a bicycle, thanks to “failure” of successive MPs representing Gauhati constituency.

Bandana, a homemaker, today said her willingness to develop Gauhati constituency had prompted her to contest the election on a ticket of the Samajwadi Party whose election symbol is bicycle.

“I decided to step out of the kitchen and contest the election so that I can do something for the constituency,” she said.

“There is lot of work to be done in Guwahati. The MPs here have done too little. People are sick of the problems. I am young and have a mind to work for the constituency. Hopefully people will vote for me,” Bandana said while addressing the media today.

Bandana will contest against BJP candidate Bijoya Chakraborty, Congress candidate Manas Bora and AGP candidate Birendra Prasad Baishya among others.

Bandana, however, said she was with the AGP till a year ago and left the party as it was not much different from the BJP because leaders and members of one party switch sides frequently. “In fact, I was thinking of fighting the election as an Independent candidate. But as I got the offer from the Samajwadi Party, which maintains a secular image, I decided to join it.”

The president of the state unit of the Samajwadi Party, Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, appealed to people to vote for Bandana.

The party will contest six seats in Assam.