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NRC, foreigners’ tag deciding factors to get Bengali Hindu votes in Barpeta

Guwahati: The rising resentment over the loss of life of a Bengali Hindu (Amrit Das) in a detention camp intended to keep declared foreigners is likely to determine who the 3 lakh-odd Bengali citizens in Barpeta parliamentary constituency will vote for this time. The minority-dominated constituency of 16,76,854 citizens will go to the polls on April 23.
Das, a resident of Barpeta Road in Barpeta district, was once lodged within the Goalpara detention camp in 2017 after he was once declared a foreigner on May 20 the same yr. Since then, he has been languishing within the camp. He developed some health complications and died in health facility on April 6 this yr.

In 2014, a big chunk of Bengali citizens went with BJP’s Chandra Mohan Patowary, who lost to All India United Democratic Front’s (AIUDF) Sirajuddin Ajmal, by way of a margin of 42,341 votes. As BJP and AGP fought one by one, the division in non-minority votes was once one of the vital factors attributed to the defeat of the saffron birthday celebration in Barpeta in 2014. This time, BJP and AGP are in alliance and AGP’s Kumar Deepak Das is within the fray.

While the alliance has higher the potentialities of consolidating non-minority votes, the present anger amongst Bengali citizens over Das’s loss of life and large-scale exclusion of community contributors from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) is likely to impact the balloting trend of the community this time. The question this is being requested by way of many is whether AGP will be capable of garner Bengali votes in its favour.

Many Hindu Bengalis within the state see the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in an effort to get respite from the issue of doubtful “D” voter and foreigner tags. While BJP is in favour of the bill, AGP is towards it despite being in alliance. This time, a candidate from the Bengali community, Shantanu Mukherjee, is contesting on a Bharatiya Gana Parishad (BJP) ticket from the seat. This is likely to divide the votes forged by way of other people of the community.

“If Das was once in point of fact a foreigner, why his frame was once passed over to his members of the family in Barpeta highway after his loss of life and not to the country from where he had come? This displays that Das was once an Indian. Is this not a sham within the identify of detecting foreigners? People have understood it really well,” stated Mukherjee.

Although a candidate from the Hindu Bengali community also contested within the 2014 polls, the anger some of the community was once not as obvious as it is now. Hence, a big chunk of the votes from the community went to BJP.

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