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Campaign peaks in Kokrajhar

- Candidates go all out

Kokrajhar, April 20: Parties and candidates for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency are leaving no stone unturned to make the most of the last two days of campaigning.

Four-time sitting MP Sansuma Kunggur Bwiswmuthiary, who is contesting as an Independent after being denied a ticket by the Bodoland Peoples’ front (BPF), today organised an auto-rickshaw (his election symbol) rally here. The rally with over 100 auto-rickshaws started from Kokrajhar Raas mela field and travelled through JD Road, Simbargaon, Athiabari, Puthimari, Banargaon and concluded at Titaguri, his home village.

Bwiswmuthiary is confident of a win. He said he has worked hard as an MP for the all-round development of the constituency and distributed funds equally. He said he has been vocal in Parliament and brought up various issues including the demand for Bodoland. He also promised to bring up unemployment, law and order, health and education related issues in Parliament if voted to power.

He criticised BPF president and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary for working for self-interest. He said the people have lost confidence in Mohilary’s leadership, both in running the BTC and leading the party. “The people are of the opinion that under his leadership, neither the Bodos nor other sections of society feel safe,” he said.

Bwiswmuthiary also held a series of meetings at Gossaigaon Telipara and Srirampur in the district.

Urkhao Gwra Brahma, the consensus Independent candidate of different local organisations, also held a series of rallies at Gossaigaon and Boragari and Dotma today.

Brahma, who had earlier served as Rajya Sabha MP, assured to address the issues of human resource development and social integration in the region. Brahma is also in favour of a permanent solution to the Bodoland statehood problem.

Trinamul Congress candidate Ranjit Sekhar Mooshahary campaigned at various places and appealed to the people to vote for good governance. Mooshahary said BTAD is not safe in the hands of the present government and people want change. “There is no peace for which development has taken a back seat, he said, and promised to address the issue of good governance and safety and security of the people.

Dry day: Darrang district administration today announced dry days from 5pm on April 22 to 10pm on April 24 in view of the third phase of polls scheduled in Mangaldoi constituency on April 24.

Border alert

The Kokrajhar district administration today promulgated 144 CrPC along the Indo-Bhutan border from 6am of April 23 to 6am of April 25. A press release issued by Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade said there was a likelihood of movement of militants on the Indian side of the border during the election period.