Voting Begins In Second And Final Phase In Assam


Guwahati: In Assam, voting for the second and the final phase of the assembly elections is underway, as 61 seats will go to polls in this phase today.

Voters were seen queuing up in long lines from the wee hours of 4:30 am, showing their eagerness to cast their votes.

According to reports, both Congress and AIUDF are eyeing the Muslim majority votes in many districts, especially areas like Lahorighat, Hojai, Dhubri which are dominated by the Muslim community, as it could be a decisive factor.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on the voters from both Assam and West Bengal to cast their votes in large numbers.

“Requesting all those voting in Assam & West Bengal today to cast their vote in large numbers,” the Prime Minister tweeted today.

1617 booths have been identified as hyper sensitive in this phase and a total of 1.4 crore eligible voters can exercise their franchise.

Most of seats are likely to witness triangular fight between BJP – Asom Gana Parishad- BPF alliance, AIUDF and Congress-UPP combination.

While BJP has put candidates in 35 assemblies, its ally Asom Gana Parishad will contest in 19 seats and BPF will vie in 10 seats.

Congress and its ally UPP are contesting all 61 seats and AIUDF candidates are in the race for 47 seats.

Among the prominent candidates, Asom Gana Parishad leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta from Bahrampur, Congress leader Rockybul Hussein at Samaguri, BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari and AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal will contest from North Salmara seat.