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Assam: CM Sarbananda Sonowal files nomination from Majuli

Sonowal filed his papers on the last day of the nominations for the first phase of elections in presence of NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, AGP president Atul Bora, BJP's state unit president Ranjeet Dass and state party in-charge Baijyanta Panda.

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday filed his nomination from Majuli constituency in Upper Assam for re-election for the second consecutive term in the assembly.
Sonowal filed his papers on the last day of the nominations for the first phase of elections in presence of NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, AGP president Atul Bora, BJP’s state unit president Ranjeet Dass and state party in-charge Baijyanta Panda.
Before filing the nomination, he addressed a huge rally. Mr Sonowal said that during the last five years, the state has witnessed unprecedented development.
“In the last assembly elections, we came to you promising ‘poriborton’ (change) and to protect ‘Jati-Mati- Bheti’ (identity, land and the base), which we have fulfilled with dedication and we appeal for your continued love and trust in us so that we can continue with this journey,” he said.
The Chief Minister visited temples and various religious places before joining a procession to the public meeting, which was marked by the cultural traditions of Majuli, the world’s largest river island.
Sonowal’s main contender in the seat will be former Congress minister Rajib Lochan Pegu, who represented Majuli for three consecutive terms since 2001 but lost to Sonowal in 2016 by 18,923 votes.
Majuli goes to the polls in the first phase on March 27.
Elections to the 126-member assembly are being held in three phases with the second and third phases on April 1 and April 6, respectively.
The results will be declared on May 2.

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