Guwahati: They may be facing a tough challenge from their BJP and AGP counterparts but ruling Congress' two women candidates, both first-timers, are making all-out efforts to woo electorate with grit and determination in the prestigious Guwahati (East) and Guwahati (West) assembly seats.
Bobbeeta Sharma, a film and television personality from Gauhati (East), and business woman and social activist Jury Sharma Bordoloi from Guwahati (West), are facing stiff contest from BJP's Siddhartha Bhattacharya and its alliance partner AGP's Ramen Kalita in the two constituencies respectively.
Battling anti-incumbency, the ruling party replaced three time sitting MLA and former minister Capt Robin Bordoloi with 47-year-old Sharma in Gauhati (East) while 39-year-old Bordoloi was given ticket from Guwahati (West), replacing sitting party MLA Hemanta Talukdar who is now contesting as an independent.
Talukdar had last year sided with the dissidents in the party led by former minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has since joined the BJP. Talukdar however, has not joined the saffron party.
Capt Robin Bordoloi though initially miffed at being denied the party ticket later extended his support to Bobbeeta Sharma and campaigned in several areas with the new entrant.
Talukdar, however, despite several appeals by the Guwahati (West) candidate and party members did not withdraw his nomination, and was expected to queer the pitch for Bordoloi.
Guwahati (East) will witness a straight contest between the candidates of the two major parties - Congress and BJP though there are 12 candidates in the fray.