By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: There are five Muslims on the list of 17 candidates announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for third phase poll constituencies in Assam.
BJP minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had hinted that saying that the BJP will field Muslim candidates who have not challenged the Assamese identity, consider India and Assam as their motherland and revere Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva and Ahom general Lachit Borphukan, reported Times of India.
The BJP is contesting on 92 of the state’s 126 seats, while alliance partner AGP is contesting 26 seats and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) eight seats.
The BJP’s list include name of state minister Chandramohan Patowary from Dharmapur, while two women — Suman Haripriya from Hajo and Hasinara Khatun from Baghbar.
BJP national General Secretary Arun Singh said: “The Central Election Committee of the BJP met under the chairmanship of party chief J.P. Nadda, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and other members present, to finalise the 17 names for the Assam Assembly elections.”
Other candidates are Atul Bora (Dispur), Hemang Thakuria (Palasbari), Shahidul Islam (Jania), Sankar Chandra Das (Sorbhog), Osman Goni (Jaleswar), Shyamjit Rabha (Dudhnai), Ajay Kumar Roy (Bijni), Ashok Singhi (Bilasipara East), Dr Abu Bakkar Siddique (Bilasipara West), Ashwini Roy Sarkar (Golakganj), Dr. Debamoy Sanyal (Dhubri), Ashadul Islam (Salmara South), Narayan Deka (Barkhetry) and Siddhartha Bhattacharjee (Gauhati East).
Polling in Assam will be held in three phases — on March 27, April 1 and April 6 and counting of votes will be held on May 2.
(With inputs from IANS)