Tinsukia: Supporters dancing to welcome and felicitate their loving politicians after they get a ticket for elections has become a staple of the Indian election culture. But for one candidate, the joyous moment turned into shock and sorrow after one such excited supporter, dancing to the tunes of dhol, fell and died.

The incident took place at Assam’s Tinsukia town on Saturday afternoon when hundreds of supporters of Sanjoy Kishan, BJP minister and candidate for upcoming assembly elections, gathered to welcome him, a day after his name was declared as the BJP candidate from Tinsukia LAC. Kishan was returning from Guwahati.

An excited Jai Prakash Shah can be seen at center-stage between a group of supporters paying dhol and dancing. “The BJP candidate was offering prayers when suddenly Shah can be seen standing still for a while before falling down on the ground,” a supporter said.

He added, “As we noticed Shah lying on the ground, those around attended him, and took him to civil hospital where doctors declared him dead.” “He died due to cardiac arrest,” sources added.

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Talking to EastMojo, superintendent of Tinsukia police Vaibhav Nimbalkar said, they are awaiting the doctor’s report. A case of unnatural death has been registered, he added.

On Friday, the saffron party declared its first list of 70 candidates clearing the suspense over several seats in the Upper Assam constituency including Tinsukia LAC.

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