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Parties in Assam have three new candidates each

Three major political parties in Assam - Congress, Asom Gana Parishad and BJP - have put up three new candidates each in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls to elect 14 MPs in two phases.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2009 12:59 IST

Three major political parties in Assam - Congress, Asom Gana Parishad and BJP - have put up three new candidates each in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls to elect 14 MPs in two phases.

The AGP-BJP combine, with a seat sharing adjustment, has more new faces with the former contesting six and the latter seven in the forthcoming polls while the Congress is banking more on veteran candidates.

The Congress, which won nine seats in 2004, has renominated seven sitting MPs, but denied tickets to two sitting MPs Kirip Chaliha from Guwahati and A F Golam Osmani from Barpeta who subsequently died on March 31.

Chaliha has been replaced by Guwahati East MLA Capt Robin Bordoloi, son of Assam's first Prime Minister and sole Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi, while Barpeta seat has gone to minority leader Ismail Hussain.

The third new face from the Congress stable is Anil Raja from Nowgong who replaces losing candidate Bishnu Prasad.

The Congress has renominated three defeated candidates - Ranee Narah from Lakhimpur, Paban Singh Ghatowar from Dibrugarh and Madhab Rajbongshi from Mangaldoi parliamentary seats. The party is not contesting the Kokrajhar seat, but supporting its state coalition partner Bodo Peoples' Front candidate S K Bwismuthiary.