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Assam: By-Election fever grips 28-Gossaigaon seat, main fight between UPPL and BPF

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GUWAHATI: Political parties in Assam have started their campaigns in full swing for the by-elections to be held on 30 October. Election fever has gripped the constituencies of Thowra, Mariani, Gossaigaon and Bhabanipur and political parties are busy organising meetings to connect with the voters.

For the 28 Gossaigaon constituency 13 candidates have filed their nominations. Today (16 October) is the last day of withdrawal of nomination. The main candidates are from UPPL, BPF, Congress, AIUDF and some regional organisations. The decisive fight will be between the main parties although independent and smaller parties will also play a major role here.

“We will pick a candidate who will work for the people. The candidate has to be local and must understand our demands. We have many issues and hope that the winner will try to solve these,” said a voter in Gossaigaon.

“We will vote for the candidate who will develop our constituency. Better road connectivity is one of our major demands,” said another voter.

“The main fight in Gossaigaon will be between UPPL and BPF. There is no chance of Congress here,” said another voter from Gossaigaon.

In the 2021 Assam Legislative Assembly Election, Bodoland People’s Front candidate Majendra Narzary won the seat polling 70,407 votes. His nearest rival of UPPL, Somnath Narzary received 60,064 votes.

The four-time Gossaigaon MLA Majendra Narzary died due to post-COVID complications at GMCH in May 2021 resulting in a by-election.

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