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Gaurav Gogoi fondly recalls casting vote along with father for Jorhat seat

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, April 19: Indian National Congress (INC) candidate for Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency Gaurav Gogoi, while casting his vote at the DCB Girls’ High School here, recalled fond memories of coming to to vote there several times with his late father Taru Gogoi and mother Dolly Gogoi.

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Gogoi, who is the sitting Kaliabor (now renamed Kaziranga) MP, went to his family’s residence at Nazir Ali here near the polling centre where he paid homage by lighting a lamp before the portrait of his father late, who was the three-time chief minister of the state.

Speaking to the media before casting his vote, he said that he missed his father very much.  He said that he sought blessings from his father by praying before his portrait.

“I was drawn toward the political field by the activities of his father. He always guided me in my political journey and advised me on several political aspects,” said Gogoi.

The Congress candidate said, “My father always tried to work for betterment of the general people of and his attitude to serve the society throughout his public life inspires me the most. People of the state bestowed abundant love and affection on my father. I am trying to move in the path he has shown.”

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Gaurav, while replying to a query, said that as his mother was not keeping well and was undergoing medical treatment in Delhi she could not come here to cast her vote, but her blessings were with him. HEexpected that people, especially the youths and the first time voters would come out in large numbers to cast their votes.

While replying to another query, the Congress candidate said that he was overwhelmed by the response from the people during campaigning and is hopeful of a positive outcome.

His uncle Dip Gogoi, a former Kaliabor MP, also later cast his vote at the same polling centre. This particular polling station earlier had several VVIP voters, which included former Union minister late Bijoy Krishna Handique and former Assam minister late Abhijit Sharma, who was an AGP minister in the first Prafulla Kumar Mahanta-led AGP Government.

Rajya Sabha BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, who is the BJP candidate for the Kaziranga (Earlier Kaliabor) Lok Sabha seat, also had cast his vote at the polling station at Jorhat’s Duliagaon.

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Besides Gaurav there are three other candidates in the fray in the 14 Jorhat HPC, including Jorhat MP Topon Kumar Gogoi of BJP, Arun Chandra Handique (Ekam Sanatan Bharat Dal) and Raj Kumar Duarah (independent).

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