Guwahati: The campaigning for the two-phase Assam Assembly election is set to be star-studded event, as most of the major parties have lined up a long list of star campaigners to woo the voters. (Agencies)
Ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled for April 4 and April 11, the ruling Congress, bidding for return to power for the third consecutive term, has a long list of prominent persons, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, to campaign for the party.
There are others like Youth Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Union ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Sachin Pilot and Subodh Kant Sahai, party spokesman Bichitra Choduhury said.
The party has also lined up several leaders from the Northeast including Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Mizoram Chief
Minister Lalthanhawla, former chief ministers Mukut Mithi of Arunachal Pradesh and S C Jamir of Nagaland.
The BJP, not to be left behind, has already launched an aggressive campaign in the state though its national leaders are yet to make their presence felt.
The party has also lined big leaders like former deputy prime minister L K Advani, party president Nitin Gadkari, former presidents Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma
Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Varun Gandhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Ananth Kumar.
State unit President Ranjit Dutta said the party would also bring successful CMs of BJP-ruled states, including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, to campaign for the party in the state.
Politicians apart, Bollywood stars Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha along with television stars Smriti Irani and cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu are to take part in the campaign, Dutta said.
The AGP is depending on their local leaders including President Chandra Mohan Patowary, former President and twice Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, former President Brindabon Goswami and several other former state ministers.
Politburo members Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat, Biman Bose, Mohd Amin, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and central secretariat members Nilotpal Basu, Rama Das, Bajuban
Riyan, Uddhab Barman, Hemen Das and Noorul Huda are also expected to address the masses during the run-up to the polls.
The Nationalist Congress Party, which had won only one seat in the outgoing Assembly, also has several national level leaders scheduled to visit the state and they include Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma and Union ministers Praful Patel among others.
Other national leaders scheduled to campaign in the state are Samajwadi Party President Mulayum Singh Yadav, Lok Janashakti Party National president Ram Vilas Paswan and
Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee.
Guwahati: The campaigning for the two-phase Assam Assembly election is set to be star-studded event, as most of the major parties have lined up a long list of star campaigners to woo the voters.