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BJP's got a Muslim woman candidate too!

She is ordinary looking and very humble and perhaps seems to be ignorant of the fact that she enjoys a rare tag - being the only Muslim woman candidate of the BJP in this Lok Sabha election.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Dhubri
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2004 05:40 PM IST

She is ordinary looking and very humble and perhaps seems to be ignorant of the fact that she enjoys a rare tag - being the only Muslim woman candidate of the BJP in this Lok Sabha election.

She was last to be called to the dais when Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee launched the party's election rally in Guwahati's Maligaon railway stadium and very obediently she climbed the stairs and waved at the crowd as top BJP leaders looked on.

She is Jebin Borhuyan the party's lone woman candidate contesting the prestigious Dhubri parliamentary seat from lower Assam.

Belonging to the minority community, Borbhuyan is very clear cut in her approach and honestly outlines her goals if she wins the seat, which is dominated by the people from the minority community.

A political green-horn and a social worker, Borbhuyan says she will devote her energy for uplift of rural woman who had suffered long in backward areas.

Hailing from south Assam's Cachar district, Borbhuyan is busy with her election schedule attending meetings and going door to door to woo the voters.

Mother of two, 45-year-old Borbhuyan says she was inspired by the leadership of Vajpayee and the "magnificient work done by the NDA Government on all fronts".

Her aim was to to reach out to the poor in the remote areas and spread the message of Prime Minister and make success his dream of turning the country into a super power.

Starting all her meeting with a recitation from the Holy Quran, Borbhuyan claims that the BJP Government had done a lot more for the development of the minority community than the Congress.

"We have to address to the gigantic problem of unemployment which is the root of militancy and this has to be removed", she says as she prepares for yet another election meeting.

The BJP candidate is seen to be concentrating more on a voter to voter approach as she enquires meticulously about the problems the villagers face.
While admitting that the Dhubri seat traditionally has been a Congress seat, Borbhuyan this time is out to impress on the people that "the party (Congress) had not done anything for them".

Borbhuyan, however, has her own problems at home with a section of district-level BJP leaders unhappy over her selection.

The district leaders confide that the party high command ignored several prominent names and gave the nod to Borbhuyan.

But hindrances apart, the woman leader has stuck to her task in a determined manner and she is out to prove her detractors wrong.

"People initially are of the opinion that perhaps I will be not in a position to deliver the goods but that is not the case and I have convinced the voters", she says.

For Borbhuyan however it is just the beginning as she has to contend with heavyweights in politics of this area including Congress's Anowal Hussaom, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP's) Afzalur Rehman and Jayashree Goswami Mahanta (Ind), wife of former Assam chief minister and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

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