Election fever hijacks glamour of Bohag Bihu festivities in Assam

by - 2:19 PM

This year Bohag Bihu festivities are colliding with the Assam Assembly Elections. The election fever has literally hijacked the glamour of Bihu festivities. With the election fever running high, Bihu organizing committee offices are wearing a deserted look.

April is the month of festivity for Assamese people. Bohag or Rongali Bihu marks the advent of spring and the entire state dances to the tunes of music and merry making.  It is the biggest festival for Assamese society and the celebration beginning from April 14 continues for almost a month.

Rongali Bihu (also called Bohag Bihu) marks the start of the Assamese new year and the onset of spring. In sync with the festive mood, political parties have roped in popular singers to lend their voice to election jingles and theme songs. The BJP has engaged singer Zubeen Garg to record two full-length songs and a number of jingles for its campaign.

In most upper Assam constituencies, election will take place on April 4. So, people in these areas will have plenty of time to make arrangements to welcome the Assamese New Year on April 14. 

Lower Assam, including Guwahati, which will vote on April 11, might to have work harder on time-management to carry on poll and Bihu preparations simultaneously.

The polls in the state will be held in two phases on April 4 and April 11. A total of 1.98 crore voters will decide the fate of candidates fighting elections in the 126 Assembly seats.

It is a high stake election for both the BJP and Congress. If Congress is fighting anti-incumbency and vying to capture power in the northeastern state for the historical fourth term in a row, the BJP is looking to capture power in the state for the first time. Riding high on the success of the last Lok Sabha elections, BJP is confident that it would come to power in the state.
Via: PratidinTime

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