Most voters who came to vote amid the global epidemic of corona virus were seen wearing masks. Masks were also available at polling stations. Voting for the 126-member assembly of Assam is going to take place in three phases.
A total of 72.14 percent voting was held in the first phase of assembly elections in Assam on Saturday. The first phase consists of 47 seats. No violence incident has been seen in the first phase. Election Commission official said that in the first phase of voting in the state, there was an emphasis on strict adherence to the rules related to COVID-19. In most of the 47 seats in the first phase, there is a triangular contest between the ruling BJP-AGP alliance, the Congress-led opposition grand alliance and the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).
A total of 300 companies of security forces were deployed in the first phase. In this phase, EVMs of 264 candidates, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, State Congress President Ripun Bora, Revised Citizenship Act (CAA) activist Akhil Gogoi, have been closed. Long queues of voters were seen at many polling stations as soon as polling started at seven in the morning. Also special arrangements were made for the differently abled at polling stations, including wheelchairs at every polling station and e-rickshaws for their arrival.
The polling for the first phase of Assam and West Bengal assembly elections till 6 pm saw 72.14% and 79.79% turnout respectively: Election Commission
– ANI_,News (HA,news) March 27, 2021
BJP contested elections on 39 seats in the first phase
In the first phase, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party 39 and its ally Assam Asom Gana Parishad are contesting 10 seats. Both the allies have fielded their candidates in Lakhimpur and Naharkatiya constituencies. The opposition Grand Alliance is contesting all the seats, in which the Congress has fielded candidates for 43 seats. At the same time, AIUDF, CPI (Male), RJD and Zonal Gan Morcha are contesting one seat each.
The newly formed AJP is contesting on 41 seats, while there are 78 independents, including 19 candidates from the newly formed Raizore Dal. Chief Minister Sonowal is trying his luck from Majuli (ST) and is contesting the outgoing Assembly Speaker Hitendranath Goswami Jorhat. Minister Ranjit Dutta is contesting from Behali, Naba Kumar Doli from Dhakuakha, Jogan Mohan from Mahmora, Tarash Gowala from Duliajan and Sanjay Kishan from Tinsukia.
Another high-profile seat is a direct contest between Congress’s Bhaskar Jyoti Barua and former MLA Hemant Kalita on Titabor. Former Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi won the elections four times in a row from this seat. Congress Legislature Party leader Devvrat Saikia is in the fray from Nazira and State Congress President Ripun Bora Gohpur. Razor Dal leader Akhil Gogoi is contesting as an independent candidate from Sivasagar, who is in jail for his alleged role in anti-CAA violent demonstrations.
AJP President Lurinjyoti Gogoi is contesting from Duliajan and Naharkatiya. Most voters who came to vote amid the global epidemic of corona virus were seen wearing masks. Masks were also available at polling stations. Voting for the 126-member assembly of Assam is going to take place in three phases. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
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