Majuli: The last day of nomination filing for the first phase of Assam assembly elections saw some of the high-profile candidates filing their nominations.
Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal submitted his nomination today at Majuli. Clad in a Mising jacket and a traditional Nepali hat, Sonowal was accompanied by a large number of supporters led by performers playing the Mridongo, Nagara, Dhol and Bhortal.
Sonowal also addressed a rally along with NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, AGP president Atul Bora, BJP’s state unit president Ranjeet Dass and state party in-charge Baijyanta Panda before filing his nomination.
Sonowal’s main contender in Majuli will be former Congress minister Rajib Lochan Pegu, who represented the constituency for three consecutive terms but lost to Sonowal in 2016.
Along with Sonowal, Assam Jatiya Parishad’s Sishudhar Doley also filed his nomination in Majuli today. Hundreds of supporters accompanied Doley as he walked towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Meanwhile, in Sivasagar, Congress’s new face from the constituency, Subhramitra Gogoi, filed his nomination on the final day. The development comes a day after jailed farmer leader and Raijor Dal party president Akhil Gogoi’s had filed his nomination. The Raijor Dal party president and BJP’s Surabhi Rajkumari are going to be the main opponents of Subhramitra Gogoi.
Congress’s sitting MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi also filed his nomination from his home constituency Mariani. Kurmi was seen riding a bike to his way to filing his nomination at the Jorhat deputy commissioner’s office. Interestingly, Kurmi will also lock horns with Akhil Gogoi who had also filed nomination from Mariani on Monday.