With just one day more remaining in campaigning for the upcoming by-elections to the Rajabala Assembly seat, all political parties involved saw frenetic activity in a last-minute effort to woo voters before the polls on October 30.
Campaigning for the by-poll will end tomorrow at 4pm. Polling will be held on October 30 with the results to be declared on November 2.
The importance of the by-poll can be gauged from the fact that most leaders from Garo Hills, including MDCs from all parties, have literally been camped in the area in an effort to reach out to voters. Duties have been divided between them, with most groups going to multiple locations and meeting the electorate.
In a major meeting for the National People’s Party, a rally called by them saw a huge turnout in the village of Belbari. Canvassing for votes was Tura MP Agatha Sangma. Accompanying her in the efforts to garner votes in the area was the party candidate Abdus Saleh, Phulbari MLA SG Esmatur Mominin as well as other leaders from the NPP.
In nearby Balachanda, the Congress campaign saw the presence of senior Congress MLA Zenith Sangma, former Speaker of the Assembly AT Mondal, along with the Congress candidate Hasina Yasmin Mondal. They were supported by local leader from Rajabala, Dr Mizanur Rehman Kazi.
Other Congress leaders, including former minister Deborah Marak went to other parts of the constituency, like Koikuri, to speak to voters while other party workers also carried out door to door campaigns.
The United Democratic Party, on the other hand, did not hold any rallies of note today after the rally by sitting Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh. The party leaders as well as workers concentrated on door to door campaigns in an effort to win support with party candidate Ashahel D Shira going from house to house. The party expressed confidence in pulling through and adding to the UDP tally in the state with a seat in Garo Hills.