Akhil Gogoi to finally breathe free air in January, 2021?

Akhil Gogoi to finally breathe free air in January, 2021?

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GUWAHATI: If reports are to be believed, incarcerated peasant leader Akhil Gogoi is likely to breathe free air again in the first week of January.

If Akhil gets bail in the case 13/19 lodged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he will finally be released from prison, where he has been lodged ever since his arrest in Jorhat on December 12. Hearings are currently on.

Altogether 13 cases were lodged against the peasant leader due to his role in the agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act. One by one, all of the cases have been withdrawn -- barring one. And speculation mounts that it will be resolved very soon. This assumes extra significance as the leader is expected to contest the Assembly elections in Assam on a Raijor Dal ticket.

Jailed Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) founder and leader Akhil Gogoi announced that he would contest the Assam Assembly elections next year.

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“We have for a long time been saying and would now like to make it certain once for all that our advisor, Akhil Gogoi, will contest next year’s Assembly elections from (Upper Assam's) Sivasagar constituency,” KMSS general secretary Dhaijya Konwar told reporters.

“We have been listening to the views and opinions of people in Sivasagar constituency and understanding what they want for a long time. Besides, there was a proposal from the party that he should represent the constituency in the Assembly polls,” Konwar said.

KMSS along with 70 indigenous groups of the state, had in October this year, joined hands to float a regional political party – Raijor Dal – to take on the “national parties in the polls and usher in a new Assam by taking everyone together.”

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