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Assam by-elections: In 58-Tamulpur LAC, development is the mantra, say voters

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GUWAHATI: Five assembly constituencies will go for by-election in Assam on 30 October. The constituencies are: Thowra, Mariani, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur and Gossaigaon. Election campaigns have begun in these seats and political parties have started connecting with the voters with promises. The campaigns are limited to small meetings at the moment but will soon have heavyweights jump on the bandwagon. The by-election will be held on 30 October.

The UPPL has nominated Jolen Daimary as its candidate, whereas former Gorkha students union leader Bhaskar Dahal has been nominated by the Indian National Congress as its candidate from Tamulpur.

In the 58-Tamulpur by-election, former BPF MLA and present BJP leader, Emmanuel Mosahary is contesting as an independent candidate. Mosahary filed his nomination as an independent candidate as his party decided to leave the seat to its coalition partner UPPL. This has made the fight interesting as Mosahary is a well-known leader and has won twice in 2011 and 2016 as a BPF candidate. Mosahary along with present assembly speaker Biswajit Daimary joined the BJP in November 2020.

“Development is the main factor this time in Tamulpur. The Assam Government led by Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced a medical college. Moreover the district has been newly constituted. The bridge over the Pagladia River is another factor. Plus we don’t have higher educational institutions in Tamulpur and so the youth this time will vote for development,” said a Tamulpur resident and voter.

“For the past 17 years during the BPF rule we did not see much development. We had to face a lot of problems. So, we voted for a change in 2021 and will do the same this time. The chances of UPPL candidate Jolen Daimary are bright,” said another voter from Tamulpur.

There are 2,11,769 (2021) voters and 253 polling stations in Tamulpur. In 2021 Assam Assembly Elections, Leho Ram Boro of UPPL won the seat polling 78,818 votes. Boro died of COVID19 complications in May 2021 at an age of 63.

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