Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Assam Election 2021: First phase voting in Assam, votes are being cast in 47 seats in 12 districts

New Delhi: The first phase of voting is being held in Assam today under the assembly elections. Polling will start from 7 am to 6 pm. In the first phase, voting is being held in 47 seats in 12 districts of the state today.

Of these 47 seats, 5 are tribal seats. Out of the 47 seats in which voting is being held on Saturday in the first round, 42 seats are from 11 districts of Upper Assam while 5 seats are from the area in Central Assam. In the first phase, 264 candidates are in the fray for the Assam Assembly elections. Of these, 78 independents are also in the fray. According to the information, 23 women candidates are also in the fray in the first phase.

Voting will be done on these 47 assembly seats

In the first phase today, Dhekiajuli Sonitpur, Barchala, Tezpur, Rangapada, Sutiya, Biswanath, Behali, Gohpur, Bihpuria Lakhimpur, Dhing Nagaon, Batadroba, Rupohat, Samaguri, Kalibar, Bokakhat Golaghat, Sarupathar, Golaghat, Khumatha, Deraghat Jorhat, Teuk, Titabor, Mariani, Amgudi Sivasagar, Thowra, Sibsagar, Nazira, Mahmara Charaideb, Sonari, Moran Dibrugarh, Dibrugarh, Lahowal, Duliajan, Tingkhong, Naharkatiya, Tinsukia, Digboi, Margarita, Majukhi, Dhobukhi ST), Dhemaji, Jonai (ST), Chhabua Dibrugarh, Dumduma Tinsukia and Sadiya Assembly seats will be voting.

Main competition between BJP and Congress in Assam

Of the 47 seats in the first phase, BJP is on 39 and its ally AGP in 10 is in the fray. On two of these he will also have a friendly fight with the saffron party. At the same time, Congress is contesting on 43 seats, while its allies AIUDF, RJD, Zonal Gan Morcha (as independent candidates) and CPI-ML are contesting one seat each. The Assam Ethnic Council is contesting on 41 seats while the Raisers party is contesting on 19 seats.

The fate of the giants at stake

In the first phase of Assam, many stalwarts of BJP and Congress leaders are at stake. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (Majuli), Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami (Jorhat), Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali) and Sanjay Kishan (Tinsukia) are in the fray. Similar NDA partners and Assam Republic Council leader and ministers Atul Bora (Bokakhat) and Keshav Mahant (Kaliabor) are also in the fray. At the same time, the fate of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Ripun Bora (Gohpur), Congress Legislature Party leader Devvrat Saikia (Nazira) and Congress Secretary Bhupen Bora (Bihpuria) are also to be decided in the first phase.

264 candidates in the fray in the first phase

In the first phase, voters in Assam will decide the fate of 264 candidates. Implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is a major issue in the state. This led to protests and violence in the state, although the state BJP is silent on this. This issue was neither heard during the party’s campaign nor did it find a place in the party’s manifesto. At the same time, Congress and other parties have assured to bring a bill in the Assembly against it for not implementing it in Assam when it comes to power.

Let me tell you that in the 2016 elections, no party got a clear majority in Assam with 126 assembly seats. The state has BJP- 61 Congress- 25, Assam Gana Parishad- 14, AIUDF- 13 Bodoland People’s Front- 12 and one independent member. The BJP formed the government with the support of the Assam Gana Parishad, Bodoland People’s Front and Independent MLA.

Elections will be held in 3 phases in Assam

Significantly, the voting for the 126-member assembly in Assam will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6. While the votes will be counted on 2 May. Assam had 24,890 election centers in the 2016 assembly elections, the number of election centers in 2021 would be 33,530.

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