Prime Minister Manmohan Singh filed his nomination for a fifth consecutive term in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is in charge of Assam, accompanied the prime minister, whose fourth term in the upper house ends next month.
Manmohan Singh arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in the morning and headed straight for the state assembly to file his papers.
There was some trouble with student bodies and political parties hoisting black flags and staging demonstrations for what they said were his failure to bring development to Assam and fulfill his commitments.
Media personnel also staged a protest and shouted slogans outside the assembly premises after they were barred from covering the programme.
The prime minister, however, later came towards the journalists and thanked the people of Assam for continuously electing him to the Rajya Sabha for all these years.
He assured that his effort would be to do all he could for the state’s development. He then left for the airport.
Manmohan Singh has been representing Assam in the upper house since 1991 after he became the union finance minister, and is expected to win comfortably this time too.