Parivartan or Parivar: The great dilemma of Assam voters

Written by: Maitreyee Boruah
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Guwahati, April 9: As Assam is gearing up to vote for the final phase of the Assam Assembly Elections 2016 on Monday (April 11), everything boils down to whether voters want change (Parivartan) or continue with Congress (Parivar). The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made several visits to the state as a part of his poll campaign, has been stressing on the need for a Parivartan in Assam, which is under the rule of Congress for last 15 years.

The battle in Assam is clearly between the incumbent Congress and the BJP-AGP-BPF combine. When the political split is crystal clear, voters too are divided in their opinions, as who should come to power in the state.

Assam assembly poll 2016

Poet Samir Tanti told OneIndia, "This is a special election in Assam. Congress is ruling the state for last 15 years. They have brought peace in the state. However, development remains a concern. BJP under the leadership of Modi is looking forward to win the state elections for the first time. The BJP is harping on the development agenda. It is a tough battle, not just for the candidates in the various constituencies, but also for the voters."

[Read: Assembly Elections 2016: Know your state-- Assam]

The first-time voters, mostly college-going youngsters, are also in a dilemma.

Shiva Prasad Bora, an engineering student in Guwahati, says, "Most of my friends are excited to vote for the first time. But we are in a state of fix as whom to vote. We are discussing on the candidates who are in the election fray before taking a decision. I feel a lot of voters will make a last minute settlement before casting their votes."

In Gauhati University, the premier educational institute in Assam, the students have a divided opinion in terms of who should come to power in the state. The university students have always been politically conscious as it is the same space where the seeds of Assam agitation were sown way back in 1979-1985.

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If on one hand, young voters of the university want the Congress to continue ruling the state, half wants BJP to form the government.

Pallavita Talukdar, a staunch BJP supporter, says, "Assam is a stagnant state. Where is the development? Where are the roads? We want jobs. We want industralisation. All these dreams would be fulfilled by the BJP alliance under the leadership of Modi at the Centre."

However, Pallavita's friend Biplob Baishya shares a different opinion. "Personally, I don't like BJP's communal politics. Assam is a tricky state. The illegal immigration from Bangladesh is a real problem for the state. But to make it a communal issue is very dangerous. It can cause a lot of anarchy."

[Read: No hung assembly please, Modi tells Assam ]

The final choice of the voters will be revealed when the results will be declared in May. Till then everyone is keeping their fingers crossed.

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