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“Thank You”: Jailed Assam Activist Akhil Gogoi To Voters On Election Win


Akhil Gogoi has been in jail since December 2019 in reference to anti-CAA protests (File)

Guwahati:

Jailed activist and Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi has written a letter from jail to thank the individuals of Assam’s Sivasagar for electing him as their consultant. Mr Gogoi contested final month’s Assembly election from jail and beat the BJP’s Surabhi Rajkonwar by 11,875 votes.

Members of his occasion held a press convention in Guwahati on Monday to convey his gratitude.

“I express deep gratitude to the people of Assam for supporting me by going against the government. I thank each and every one of those who supported me. I thank the new government and urge them to ensure that everyone should get free vaccines. The government should organise vaccine camps in villages and at panchayat level for the people,” Mr Gogoi wrote in his letter.

“Regionalism has won… those who have humanity (must) support the regionalism and the process of strengthening regionalism has been started in Assam. With a new idea regionalism will come up among the people of Assam,” he added.

Mr Gogoi has been in jail since December 2019, after he staged a sit-in protest towards the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Mr Gogoi is the President of the Raijor Dal however he contested as an impartial candidate.

The Raijor Dal contested the polls with Assam Jatiya Parishad, which was launched by the All Assam Students’ Union and the Asom Jatiyotabadi Chhatra Parishad. The alliance contested 94 seats between them however received only one – Mr Gogoi’s seat.

The ruling BJP has retained energy in Assam, registering a snug win over the Congress-led opposition. The BJP received 60 seats and its allies – the UPPL and the AGP – received 15 between them.

The Congress received 29 seats. Its allies – Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF, the Bodoland People’s Front and the CPM – received 16, 4 and one seat, respectively.

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