Guwahati: Opposition Asom Gana Parishad on Saturday announced its fourth list of candidates, including the
names of four new contestants, for coming Assam assembly
elections on April 4 and 11 next.
AGP president Chandramohn Patowary announcing the list of
26 hopefuls said he would contest from his old Dharmapur seat.
The prominent contestants in today`s list include sitting
MLAs Alaka Sarma (Nalbari), Manoranjan Das (Bhabanipur) and
Gunindra Nath Das (Barpeta).
Former ministers Pabindra Deka Patsarkuchi, Moidul Islam
Bora (Kamalpur) and Utpal Dutta (Lakhimpur) were also
nominated by the party, Patowary said.
The nine new contestants included AGP`s youth wing Asom
Yuba Parishad central general secretary Manoj Saikia pitting
him against Congress heavyweight minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
in Jalukbari constituency.
Former Guwahati Mayor Queen Ojha would contest from
Guwahati East, he said, adding another first timer Montumoni
Das would fight chief minister Tarun Gogoi at Titabar.
Patowary said AGP would be fighting the polls with other
regional parties and would not field candidates in Kokrajhar
East and West, Sidli, Bijni, Udalguri, Paneri and Mazbat
constituencies leaving them to its ally Bodoland Peoples
Progressive Front (BPPF).
All these constituencies have sitting MLAs from ruling
Congress ally Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF).
So far, the names of 94 contestants had been announced,
he said, adding the rest of the names would be made public
within a day or two.
On the demand of party workers for former Chief Minister
and Barhampur MLA Prafulla Kumar Mahanta to contest against
Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain`s at Samaguri, the AGP chief
said Mahanta would decide in the next couple of days if he
would contest from that constituency too.