CONG TO KICKSTART POLL CAMPAIGN NEXT WEEK 

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 24.03.01
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Guwahati, March 24 :    Guwahati, March 24:  The Assam Congress will launch its formal poll campaign on Saturday while the party's manifesto will be released on Tuesday. The first list of candidates will be announced in the first week of April. Addressing a news conference here today, PCC president Tarun Gogoi said the party is confident of contesting the coming elections alone. However, parleys are going on with different parties, he added. He refused to divulge any more details. The Congress said the party, if elected, will try to give a "responsible, transparent and development-oriented government" to the people of the state. Flaying the Asom Gana Parishad for becoming a master of the "slander campaign," Gogoi said the ruling party has been maligning the Congress for its incompetence as it finds the party an easy scapegoat to blame for its own misgovernance. The party has demanded that the security personnel to be deployed in the Assembly elections be tripled as it has apprehensions that the AGP will use "unfair activities" to rig the elections. "The AGP does not want additional security personnel to be deployed so that it can circulate its army of goons with illegal arms and personnel in police uniforms throughout the state to create disturbances," Gogoi alleged. Gogoi said loopholes would be plugged if the election process is completed in a single phase. Inter-school cricket Pragjyotish English High School stormed into the finals of the IIIrd Amulya Das and Raishmodi memorial all-Assam inter-school prize money cricket tournament with a 98-run win over Kamrup Academy High School at Nehru Stadium here today. The winners will meet Don Bosco in the final on Tuesday. Electing to bat, Man of the Match Chandan Rawat of the Pragjyotish team scored 67 runs (6x4, 2x6) to set up a strong total of 175 in 31.2 overs. Rawat was given able support by Sagir Ahmed (28) and Riazuddin Ahmed (18) . In reply, Kamrup Academy made a bad start losing seven wickets with 33 runs on the board in the 10th over. Anuj Das and Habibur Rahman scored 13 runs apiece. Kamrup Academy was all out for 77 runs in 22.5 over. Vinod Pande and Chandan Rawat of Pragjyotish English High School took four for 16 and two for 11 respectively.