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Sarbananda Sonowal set to be elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Assam. Guwahati News – Times of India

Guwahati: Union Minister and former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal As the principal opposition party is all set to be elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed, the Congress has decided not to field any candidate for the election to the Upper House of Parliament from Assam on October 4.
BJP State President Bhabesh Kalita Took the nomination papers for Sonowal from the state assembly on Saturday. He was accompanied by former CM Sonowal and former legal advisor to the MLA Shantanu Bharali. Binod Hazarika. A Rajya Sabha seat from Assam is lying vacant after the resignation of Assam Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary and contesting the last assembly election from Paneri Assembly Constituency in Bodoland Territorial Region. The process of filing nominations will end on September 22.
“On behalf of Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, we collected nomination papers today. On September 21, he will submit nomination papers, where Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and leaders of our alliance partners, especially AGP and UPPL will be present.” Kalita. There is no chance of any contest as only one nomination paper has been issued, he said. Kalita took a jibe at the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’, saying the opposition is no closer to winning the election for the lone seat of the RS, for which elections are to be held.
Meanwhile, Congress will refrain from supporting any candidate in this election citing lack of numbers. Assam PCC Working President Kamalakhya De Purkayastha “In our recent Congress Legislature Party meeting, it has been decided to apprise the Assam PCC that we will not contest for the RS seat as we do not have the numbers to ensure a candidate’s victory,” Purkayastha said.
Sonowal, who is now the Union Minister of Shipping, Ports, Waterways and AYUSH, won the 2021 assembly election from Majuli seat in Upper Assam. A BJP leader said, “After the BJP leadership made Himanta Biswa Sarma the chief minister, Sonowal was transferred to Delhi and made a Union minister. Sonowal’s candidature in the RS election was imminent and the indigenous community people in politics should be allowed to participate. Shows the commitment of the BJP to give priority.”
With BJP’s victory certain in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, state BJP president Kalita said the opposition parties have become irrelevant in the politics of Assam. He expected the BJP and its allies to register a thumping victory in all the six seats in Assam in the upcoming by-elections. “People renewed their faith in the BJP in the 2021 assembly polls. An environment has been created where the BJP’s seat share can go up to 63 (in the 126-member assembly) after the bypolls,” he said.
As the BJP marches ahead in full swing, the split between the opposition parties is ruining the chances of the Congress. The possible division of anti-BJP votes in the upcoming by-elections has posed an even bigger challenge for the Congress. Assam PCC president Bhupen Bora is in no mood to continue with the Mahajot scheme and as a result, the parties that fought together in the last assembly election are bound to clash. could not be aligned with insisted Either the Asom Jatiya Parishad, the two new regional parties, despite several rounds of talks with the Congress after the assembly elections.

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