Salmara South: Will history repeat itself in Ajmal’s constituency?
Salmara South, which falls under Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency that Badruddin Ajmal represents, is synonymous with displacement caused by river erosionAssam 2016 Updated: Apr 05, 2016 16:56 IST
Last year, Tarun Gogoi’s Congress government sliced a part of Dhubri district to create the South Salmara-Mankachar district. That was, perhaps, the best thing to have happened to the Muslim-dominated Salmara South and Mankachar assembly constituencies, the AIUDF’s strongholds.
Salmara South, which falls under Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency that Badruddin Ajmal represents, is synonymous with displacement caused by river erosion. A large section of the assembly seat’s 1,57,580 voters live in 325 river islands created by the Brahmaputra.
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The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) claims the Brahmaputra has over the years washed away 135 of 201 villages, covering an area of 32,769 hectares under South Salmara revenue circle. Some 600 more villages have been wiped out in the Mankachar subdivision.
Erosion is a major issue in this constituency, as is the lack of communication, education and health facilities.
Ajmal won his maiden 2006 assembly election from Salmara South in 2006. He fielded his son Abdur Rehman after becoming a Lok Sabha member from Dhubri in 2009. He retained his parliamentary seat in 2014 but decided to replace his son to be in the assembly again.
Ajmal’s main rivals are Wazed Ali Choudhury of Congress and Shiraj Hussain of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Polling in Salmara South will be held on April 11 - the second and the last phase of the assembly elections.