Mahanta, Goswami in AGP`s 2nd list of candidates

Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and ex-party president Brindabon Goswami were among the prominent names in Opposition AGP`s second list of candidates for the assembly elections next month.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 20:06 PM IST

Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and ex-party president Brindabon
Goswami were among the prominent names in Opposition AGP`s
second list of candidates for the assembly elections next
month.

Announcing the list, AGP president Chandra Mohan
Patowary said other major contestants are Deputy Speaker Nurul
Hussain (Hajo) and former ministers Phanibhusan Choudhury
(Bongaigaon), Pradip Hazarika (Amguri), Girindra Kumar Baruah
(Nagaon), Ramendra Narayan Kalita (West Guwahati), Kamala
Kanta Kalita (Chaygaon), Binode Gowala (Sarupathar) and Bhaben
Barua (Chabua).

Mahanta will fight from the Barhampur constituency and
Goswami from Tezpur.

The names of 14 first timers were also included in the
list of 35 contestants. The first list of 31 contestants was
announced on February 4.

As part of the AGP`s call for a `mahajudh` (grand
union) of Opposition parties to fight the ruling Congress,
Patowary said that the regional party had decided not to field
candidates in four constituencies.

They are Jamunamukh for AUDF leader Sirajuddin Ajmal,
Nazira for CPI MLA Dhrupad Borgohain, Behali for BJP chief and
MLA Ranjit Dutta and Sorbhog for CPI-M leader Udhab Barman.

The AGP favoured a `mahajudh` for a united
anti-Congress stand as 71 per cent of the votes are divided
among the opposition parties while the Congress won 29 per
cent of the votes, he said.

An AGP delegation met the Election Commission here
and apprised it about the alleged violation of the model code
of conduct by the Congress in using the government machinery
and distributing freebies to woo voters.

Patowary said that the EC was urged to ensure that all
illegal arms were seized to dispel the fear psychosis among
the people, CCTVs installed in sensitive poll booths and
sufficient security forces deployed for free and fair polls on
April 4 and 11.

The EC assured to take necessary action, he said.

PTI