Polling for first phase of Assam elections begins

Voting has begun for the first phase of assembly elections in 62 of the 126 assembly seats in Assam Monday. An estimated 485 candidates are in the fray for the first phase vote of whom 38 are women candidates.

The Congress and the BJP has fielded 62 candidates each for the first phase, while the AGP has put up 51 nominees. There are 157 independent candidates in the fray for the first phase.

The second phase vote April 11 in 64 seats would decide the fate of 496 candidates. Results are due May 13.

Among the prominent candidates whose fate would be sealed in the first phase vote include Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi, state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ranjit Dutta, and senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Brindaban Goswami.

An electorate of 85, 09,011, comprising 43, 91,895 males and 41, 17,116 females will decide the fate of 485 candidates (447 males and 38 female) including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

A triangular contest between the ruling Congress, BJP and AGP is likely in most constituencies which include 15 in the Barak Valley, five in the two hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills district, eight in Sonitpur and the remaining 34 in Upper Assam districts of Dhemaji, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.

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