(From Assam Tribune)
DIPHU, Dec 30 – A whirlwind election campaign by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has substantially changed the Congress prospects in at least six MAC constituencies of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, which is going to polls on January 4.
Today Gogoi addressed two rallies in the district. Arriving in a chopper from Guwahati, he attended an election rally at Sarihajan near Bokajan, where the bulk of tea tribe voters were so far opposing the Congress for not awarding party ticket to some of its veteran leaders.
Bringing up in very clear terms the connection between the Congress and development, Gogoi said, “Congress is ruling in the State and at the Centre. If you vote for the Congress you will bring prosperity for yourself.”
After being in a weak position, the Congress today gained some ground in Langpher MAC constituency, where the PAPA-backed UPDS stalwart Kangjang Terang has posed a stiff challenge to the Congress nominee Sum Ronghang. The situation became more critical due to the rigid stand of the Bodo community voters who have decided to extend full support to PAPA.
Today the Congress nominee, who is also the district Congress president, got a shot in the arm when his arch-rival BJP leader joined the Congress.
BJP stalwart of Dima Hasao, Kulendra Daulagapu, the State-level BJP leader, today joined the Congress in presence of Gogoi and Debojit Thousen, CEM of Dima Hasao Autonomous Council.
The rally virtually served as a wake up call for the demoralised Congress workers of Langpher locality.