Campaigning for the first phase of Assembly elections in Assam ends today and the 65 constituencies of the 126 seat Assembly will go to polls in this phase on April 4, Monday.
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements in all the poll bound areas to ensure free and fair elections where a total of one crore 98 lakh voters take part in electoral process.
EC has directed all the electorates, who have been issued Elector’s Voter Identity Card, to produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling stations before casting votes. It has also declared public holiday on April 4 in the areas falling under those assembly constituencies which are going to the polls in the first phase.
The Election Commission has announced two-phase voting for the 14th Assam assembly elections on April 4 and 11, while the votes will be counted on May 19. The tenure of the Tarun Gogoi led- Congress government comes to an end in June.
In 2011, the Tarun Gogoi lead Congress government secured 78 seats of the 126 member Assembly to form the government. But in 2014 Lok Sabha elections BJP won 7 of the 14 seats and Congress managed to get only 3 seats and Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF won 3 seats.
Poll bound Assam witnessed a high voltage political campaign by BJP and Congress. Taking queue from the party’s victory in Lok Sabha polls, Congress campaigned in full swing in the first phase constituencies and sought power for a five year term. BJP and Congress alleged each other for the backwardness of the state.
The first phase of Assam is attracting the eye balls as the chief ministerial nominees of Congress and BJP will test their fate. Congress Party’s senior leader and incumbent Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is contesting from Titabar seat in Jorhat district where as BJP’s CM face and union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is contesting from the island constituency Majuli.
In the adjacent state, West Bengal, Campaigning ends for the 18 constituencies going for polls on April 4.
In West Bengal 18 constituencies spread over Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura districts will go to polls in this phase on April 4.
The elections to the 294 seat West Bengal assembly will be conducted in six phases, spread across seven polling days from April 4 to May 5.