Assam poll 2016: Why Congress's house is calm ahead of election

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Guwahati, Feb 23: Unlike the BJP in Assam which is facing serious rift within over selection of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections, the Congress's house looks more calm and in order.

The party leadership has claimed that out of 126 Assembly seats, the Congress has settled the candidature issue in 82, which suggests that the ruling party is united ahead of the elections and would win 70-71 seats, a report published in Dainik Jugashankha, a daily published from the northeastern state said.

 

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The Congress has decided to hold meetings of micro-booth management committee in 103 centres and the candidates have been finalised in centres where such meetings have already been taken place, the daily said, as per the daily.

The real reason behind the Congress's calm house is the exit of former state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with his followers following his differences with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Moreover, barring a few, the party is set to field its sitting MLAs in this election and those who would not contest this time have themselves sought to be relieved owing to age-related issues, the report said.

The Congress has increased the fees for those applying for the party's ticket to Rs 20-25,000 instead of Rs 15,000 as it was earlier. The party has decided this to increase its funds ahead of the election, the report said.

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