Guwahati: A number of new and socially active faces from the BJP have added to the woes of the BJP think tank in selecting candidates for the prestigious Guwahati East constituency.
First-time candidates who worked all along with the BJPs term in Assam are putting a strong claim to secure their candidature as the sitting MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who was the cabinet minister in the outgoing ruling BJP government is facing anti-incumbency in his constituency.
“Guwahati ranked 46th out of 49 cities in the ‘Ease of Living Index’ released by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs recently, this shows the condition of city like Guwahati, which is the gateway to North East India,” said Santanu Bharali, legal adviser to Chief Minister of Assam and a claimant for the seat of Guwahati East.
In fact, there are reports from the ground that there is a growing disappointment against the sitting legislator for his inaccessibility that he maintained with the masses.
“I have spent my entire life in this beautiful city. I have a large circle of friends and people who love me. Politics is a different issue but a public representative must be easily reachable and understand the root cause of the various issues.
The responsibility of the constituency is the responsibility of an elected representative. “You have to take care of your constituency just like a family”, he added. Work is definitely done, but without solving the core problem, no issue can be resolved completely,” said Bharali.
According to him, a master plan for Guwahati has to be prepared after consultation with the local people, one which is time-bound and actionable. Only then can we solve the problems that plague Guwahati.
Notably, Bharali claims that he had been working towards addressing citizens’ grievances. Many civil issues had been resolved through this WhatsApp group.
Amongst them was the road development undertaken in the city of Guwahati, installation of streetlights at many places, initiating police patrolling in many places, curbing drug menace among others.
“I am born and brought up in Guwahati. I really want to do something for the city that I love so much. I want to understand the issues faced by the citizens and try to help them as much as I can,” said Bharali, who was also the party’s interim president in 2016.