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GUWAHATI: Home minister Amit Shah will marketing campaign in poll-bound Assam on February 25 at Nagaon district’s Batadraba, the birthplace of 15th century Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva and now the largest and holiest platform for BJP to launch its battle for ‘protection of Assamese culture and identity.’
Shah moreover searching for blessings on the most revered place within the state can even begin a state-funded Rs 150-crore mission for beatification of the Batadraba Than (holy place) that was constructed by the saint in 1468.
“The home minister had laid the foundation stone for the cultural complex in December remotely from Guwahati but he desired to be here personally to seek blessings here, which is the holiest place in Assam, and start the construction work himself. He will also address a rally here,” minister of state for well being Pijush Hazarika stated.
Shah’s go to to Batadraba was solely just lately mounted after All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal final week kick up a storm right here when he held an election rally the place his supporters shouted slogans referring the Vaishnavite saint as ‘Sahab. The state rose up in protest and Ajmal pleaded for forgiveness saying that including the phrase sahab was fully unintentional and was slip of tongue.
Shah in his first marketing campaign rally at Nalbari on January 24 stated that the newly fashioned Congress -All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) alliance in Assam would open the gates for unlawful immigrants to enter the state and projected BJP as the one celebration, which might safe Assam from infiltrators.
For BJP this election will once more be the struggle for Assam’s identification and tradition all that revolves across the saint’s teachings. Soon after assuming cost because the chief minister 5 years again, Sarbananda Sonowal ordered clearing huge areas of land belonging to Batadraba Than of encroachment by unlawful migrants.
Batadraba, which can also be an meeting constituency, was gained by BJP in 2016 although by a slender margin of 6,000 votes. Congress and AIUDF had been the 2 runners up. Before that the seat has been historically with Congress. In 2011 AIUDF completed second behind Congress by one of many smallest margins of 131 votes. This time Congress and AIUDF have up collectively which may pose a giant problem for BJP to retain the holy seat.

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