The Modi wave has spread to Assam too: Majuli's Uttam Saikia

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The election in Assam is heating up, both for the ruling Congress party and the BJP. And Majuli is at the centre of it.

A river island in the middle of the Brahmaputra river in Assam's Jorhat district, Majuli believed to be one of the largest inhabited such islands in Asia.

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It's a high stakes seat because Majuli is where the incumbent Congress MLA Rajib Lochan Pegu - of the Mising community, the largest ethnic group on the island - is seeking a fourth successive term.

His main competitor? Sarbananda Sonowal, the BJP's state president and its chief ministerial candidate, who is not from the island.

Uttam Saikia, a resident of Majuli, believes the 15-year reign of the Congress will come to an end because of the 'Modi wave'.

He's still unsure of where he stands as the Congress has been proven to be corrupt and the BJP has "shown only dreams" so far. But, he says, "Sonowal has a chance of winning in Majuli."

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