North Bank of Brahmaputra set to be key battlefield in Assam election

The North Bank of River Brahmaputra, where BJP and its allies hold sway in 17 of the 18 constituencies, will be the crucial battleground to watch for during the Assam assembly elections, as the current tie-up of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) with the Congress has actually made the latter a strong competitor in a lot of these seats.

In several seats in this North Bank belt, the Bodos and the tea people are the dominant voters and in a couple of consistencies, there is a considerable Gorkha vote share.

While the BPF is in alliance with Congress, several Bodo leaders who wield influence outside the sixth schedule location of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) have joined BJP and are presently ruling the BTC BJP insiders claim that these leaders have significant impact in the North Bank and will put the party on a firm footing as far as Bodo votes are concerned.However, BPF chairperson Hagrama Mohilary has stated that he will guarantee that Congress wins seats outside Bodoland.Political observers feel that Upper Assam which is likely to go back to BJP and its allies while the Congress-led Grand Alliance will get some seats in Central Assam.The Grand Alliance is anticipated to make a significant impact in Barak Valley in south Assam, which was basically a BJP fortress, and in Lower Assam which already has a considerable Congress and AIDUF existence. Given the tough battle, the seats which are most likely to decide the winner in the 126-member assembly are likely to come from the North Bank of Brahmaputra. Prime minister Narendra Modi had last, month, resolved an event in Dhekiajuli and Silapathar in Dhemaji and dedicated some infrastructure projects and laid the structure of an engineering college worth ‘3,000 crore. With an eye on the North Bank citizens, he had actually stated: “Regardless of terrific prospective in the North Bank of River Brahmaputra, the earlier governments dealt with the area step-motherly.””But now Delhi is not far from you. Delhi is at your door. Numerous times in the previous years, ministers of the central government have been sent out here so that they understand your troubles,” he had said.At least three ministers from the North Bank are there in today cabinet. Throughout the previous elections Dhemaji and Jonai seat of the North Bank were won by BJP’s ally, Gana Big Shakti, which has actually now combined with BJP. The Lakhimpur seat was won by BJP ally AGP in 2016. However, this time AGP and BJP will be engaged in a friendly battle in this constituency. BJP had won Bihpuria seat. Naoboicha seat, which was won by All India United Democratic Front in 2016, will be objected to by its ally—- Congress. The constituency has considerable muslim votes and AGP will contest this seat this time.The North Bank constituencies of Dhekiajuli, Dhakuakhana, Barchalla, Behali, Rangapara, Gohpur, Sootea, Biswanath were all won by BJP in 2016. The Tezpur seat was won by AGP. However, previous AGP president Brindaban Goswami has actually been denied a ticket this time. AGP has actually offered tickets to Prithibiraj Rabha, son of cultural icon Bishnu Prasad Rabha.Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora is battling from Gohpur– a seat he had lost in 2016. BPF, which was then a part of the BJP-led union, had actually won Panari, Mazbat, Udalguri and Kalaigaon seats.Dhekiajuli BJP MLA Ashok Singhal states BJP and its allies will sweep the surveys in this belt.

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