Assam Polls 2021: Himanta files nominations for Jalukbari seat after grand roadshow



High-profile BJP leader and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma filed his nomination papers to contest from the key Jalukbari Legislative Assembly constituency at the Kamrup Metro deputy commissioner’s office on Friday afternoon.

“I seek the blessings of the people to bless all the candidates of the BJP-AGP-UPPL alliance to win the Assam Assembly elections,” Sarma reacted before the reporters at the DC’s office on the last day of the filing of nominations by candidates for the third phase of polls in the state.

A high profile seat in the Kamrup Metro district, Jalukbari LAC is also referred to as “the fortress of Himanta Biswa Sarma” as he has won the seat consecutively from 2001, thrice as a Congress candidate, and in 2016 as a BJP candidate.

A sea of supporters, most of them from his constituency, and party workers joined Sarma at the Sonaram HS School playground here before a roadshow leading to the Kamrup Metro DC’s office where he filed his nomination.

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The “grand” roadshow was nothing short of a “festival” as people danced, cheered and shouted slogans in favour of the BJP leader.

The leader, accompanied by his family in an open vehicle, was honoured with gamosas and floral garlands during the “two-hour journey across a 1.5 km stretch, as he waved at his well-wishers and acknowledged the love shown by them.

Earlier, the influential BJP leader prayed at the Doul Govinda temple in North Guwahati and thereafter at the historic Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal Hills.

Assam, Manipur CMs greet Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other BJP leaders were present at the DC’s office here to convey their wishes to Sarma on the occasion.

Both the Chief Ministers exuded confidence in the BJP-led government retaining power in Assam.

“People have seen the development and good governance brought about by the BJP government. So we are confident of retaining power again. People will never accept Congress-AIUDF as these parties only want to settle illegal infiltrators in the state,” Sonowal told reporters here.

“We have come here to wish him and so have the people from his constituency,” he said.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who flew from Imphal to the city here, said, “We have come here to show our support for the BJP government in Assam…we are confident that the BJP will once again lead the government in Assam.”