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Win or lose, Brindabon confident of next CM

Written by: Staff

Tezpur, Apr 7: Winner or loser, Asom Gana Parishad president Brindabon Goswami is confident that he is going to be the next Chief Minister of Asom despite the fact that in both of his constituencies -- Tezpur and Borsolla, he is on a sticky wicket.

Mr Goswami, one of the most loved and respected political leaders of Asom with a clean image, has been a three-time MLA from Tezpur.

''I won three times from Tezpur. Every one knows who I am and what I do for Tezpur. After all these years I am not going to explain to voters why they should vote for me. Because I know I will win,'' said Mr Goswami.

But the ground realities are different. There are too many factors working against him -- a major one being the combined opposition of the Congress.

Mr Gowswami won last time by a slender margin and his victory was attributed more to the division in Congress camp than anything else.

But this time the situation is diametrically opposite. The AGP camp is divided and the rebel AGP has put up a candidate in Tezpur. On the other hand, the Congress has closed ranks.

''This time there is no chance and the margin of defeat for Mr Goswami would be very high,'' claimed Mr Bizit Saikia, his Congress rival.

The former minister says except for the emotion of electing a future Chief Minister, nothing is going for Mr Goswami.

Mr Goswami is also facing a disadvantage of not being able to campaign for himself. ''I actually did not want to contest knowing that I am needed in all the other constituencies. Now, I am leaving it to my electorate. They know me. They have returned me three times and I think they will return me a fourth time also,'' he said.

''I do not give responsibility to anyone in my constituency.

Because I love the people, I like to deal with all the problems directly. It has become a problem since I am busy campaigning outside the constituency for the past two weeks. But I have great confidence with the voters of Tezpur,'' he explained.

In fact, Mr Goswami is equally confident of winning in his adopted constituency Borsolla, where he is contesting for the first time.

The constituency had been an AGP bastion for long till it was snatched away by the Congress in the last polls. Ironically, Mr Goswami is contesting here against Deputy Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai, whom he had himself groomed in politics.

With the BJP, CPM and AGP rebels crowding the constituencies, poll observers see no hope for the AGP as it is plagued by factionalism. But Mr Goswami is more confident in Borsolla than in Tezpur. ''I am more confident there in Borsolla,'' he said.

Mr Goswami and the AGP camp sincerely believe that an emotional tide in favour of the AGP and ''the future Chief Minister'' would sweep aside all the opposition on the polling day.


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