Bongaigaon, April 4: Chandra Mohan Patowary, the BJP nominee from Barpeta, today claimed he did not leave the AGP but was thrown out of the party.
Accompanied by thousands of supporters and well-wishers, Patowary filed his nomination papers at the Barpeta deputy commissioner’s office after former colleague and AGP candidate Phani Bhushan Choudhury and AIUDF’s Sirajuddin Ajmal filed their papers. Barpeta is 140km from Guwahati.
Like Patowary, Choudhury was accompanied by a good number of supporters in his journey to the DC’s office. Patowary’s rally, however, stood out.
“A group of performers dressed as Hanuman were part of the procession, symbolising an attempt to destroy Ravan’s Lanka (or the UPA government) at the hustings,” a Nalbari-based intellectual Subash Deka, who witnessed the procession, said.
Patowary said, “I had to leave because the party leadership had deviated from their ideals. They have joined hands with the Congress and the AIUDF to defeat the BJP. The AGP is trying to defeat the BJP claiming it is a communal party. Had it been communal, intellectuals like M.J. Akbar would not have joined it.”
Choudhury said he did not bring his supporters from “outside Barpeta” to show his “artificial” strength.
The Congress nominee, Ismail Hussain, could not file his papers today, as he reached the office after the 3pm deadline. He would file his paper tomorrow around 11am.