In politics, nothing occurs accidentally. If one thing occurs, one can guess it was deliberate that method. In his early forties, Azizul Haque of Morigaon in Assam positively has his personal plans with regards to politics. Wearing a protracted, flowing yellow kurta and a bunch of information in his hand, the diminutive Azizul was seen pacing the alleys of the MLA colony of Dispur. He would stand in entrance of the gates, searching for an viewers with the legislators or await a minister’s automobile to reach, searching for a possibility to satisfy them for a particular cause.
“I have all the files and papers with me. I have collected the nomination papers. I am planning to contest the Rajya Sabha elections and give a stiff competition to Sarbanada Sonowal. I need the signatures of the members of the legislative assembly for my nomination. Most of them are out in their constituencies and the ministers are busy. I need to meet them urgently. I will file my nomination going by the constitution of the country and the President of the country,” mentioned a assured Azizul.
Union minister and former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal filed his nomination on September 21 and is all set to be elected unopposed after the opposition determined to not subject any candidate in opposition to him for the Rajya Sabha seat. Accompanied by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, state BJP president Bhabesh Kalita and leaders of allies AGP and UPPL, Sonowal filed his papers earlier than returning officer Dulal Pegu within the meeting. The Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after speaker Biswajit Daimary resigned from the Upper House following his election to the meeting final April.
A farmer by career, Azizul, who is 2 and a half ft tall, says his hopes are excessive.
“These days you need to manage the MLAs. I have around 13 bighas of agricultural land and an account in the bank. I think I have enough balance to fight the elections. I understand that contesting polls today needs money. I have done my class 10th and that shall suffice in the requirement,” he mentioned.
While transferring within the lanes of the minister’s colony within the scorching warmth, Azizul barely realised that the final date for submitting nominations for the Rajya Sabha polls was on September 22 and he didn’t have a lot time. The outcomes for the elections will probably be declared on October 4.
Assam gives seven seats to the Upper House of which six are at present occupied — two every by BJP (Bhubaneswar Kalita and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa) and Congress (Ripun Bora and Ranee Narah), one by AGP (Birendra Prasad Baishya) and one by Independent Ajit Kumar Bhuyan.
(With inputs from Biju Deka, News18 Assam)