15 months ago the ANTI-CAA agitation hit the states of upper assam

When the ANTI-CAA agitation hit the State 15 months ago, Upper Assam’s Chabua Town in Dibrugarh District witnessed the most violent reaction with angry protestors razing down the Local Railway Station, a Post Office, a Private Bank and Several Public Properties. Angry Locals even set on Fire the Private Residence of sitting BJP Legislator Binod Hazarika. The MLA had a Narrow escape as he fled with his Family Members when his Home was in flames. While the intensity of the ANTI-CAA movement may have watered down, the CAA issue will definitely be a factor in deciding the fate of the candidates contesting from the Chabua Assembly Seat this time. Significantly, Chabua is the Native place of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as well as that of Paresh Baruah, the “COMMANDER IN-CHIEF” of Ulfa (Independent). Since 1978, Congress had won the Chabua Seat Five times (1983, 1991, 2001, 2006, 2011), AGP had won Twice (1985, 1996), once by Janata Party (1978) and BJP in 2016. This time, BJP, despite having its own MLA in Chabua, has opted out from contesting in the Seat. As part of its Political Alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), BJP has dished out the Seat to the Regional Party. The AGP has projected an old Partyman Punkaon Baruah as the candidate from the Chabua Assembly constituency.

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