Elections 2014: 301 of same family vote in Assam

Apr 08, 2014, 08:01 IST | Agencies

The voters belong to 118 family units living in the same village in Tezpur constituency

Assam: A total of  301 voters of a family, living in the same village with roots traced to the same ancestor who migrated from Nepal, exercised their franchise yesterday in a remote village in Assam’s Tezpur parliamentary constituency.

Showing the finger: Tribal women show their ink-marked fingers after casting votes in Sivasagar, Assam yesterday. Pic/PTI

The voters, 175 male and 126 female, exercised their franchise at Phulguri Nepalipam village under Rangapara Assembly constituency. However, 20 members could not vote, as they were outside the village.

Altogether, 321 voters, all descendants of Ahiman Thapa, who came and settled in the area from Nepal in 1888, are registered voters of the area.

The voters belong to 118 family units living in the same village. which is also home to 94 tea garden families, 28 to a minority community, eight Bengali and six Bodo families.

Ahiman Thapa was accompanied by his son Dhanmon Thapa and grandson Ron Bahadur Thapa, who went on to become the ‘Gaonburah’ (village head) in 1988.

Ron Bahadur had five wives with whom he had 21 children. Thapa family units of the village comprise descendants of sons, daughters and nephew of Ron Bahadur.   

Teacher, student contest in jorhat

Assam: In a rare case of a student locking horns with his mentor, BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa is engaged in a poll tussle with Jorhat’s six-time sitting Congress MP, octogenarian Bijoy Krishna Handique. Polls were held yesterday. Handique was the principal-in-charge at Hemlata Handique Memorial Institute (HHMI), where Tasa studied from nursery to Class VIII. When asked about his student-turned-rival, Handique said, “He is a product of our school and I wish him all success in life. There is no jealousy in me; people will decide the fate of candidates and even at the age of 82, I always think positive.” Tasa, on the other hand, said he was still a ‘follower of his Guru’. “I have learnt a lot from Handique sir,” he said.

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