In all, 9,19,44 voters – 40,11,599 men, 39,07,96363 women and 139 third gender voters are eligible to vote in 11,401 polling stations.
Elections will be held on Tuesday to decide the fate of 337 candidates in 40 constituencies in Assam, including senior and third-round assembly minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma, his five cabinet colleagues and BJP state branch president Ranjit Kumar Das.
The BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led grand alliance are in direct competition between the candidates for 20 seats and the remaining seats will be considered as a friendly triangular contest with the Assam Jatiya Sangsad (AJP) with 25 women candidates contesting in the third phase. Done.
The first two rounds of elections were held on March 27 and April 1. The votes will be counted on May 2.
More than 9 million voters will cast their votes in 11 lakh 401 polling stations
Voting will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., to ensure the time has been extended by one hour COVID-19 The protocol is being maintained at a wide range of polling stations in 12 districts.
In all, 9,19,44 voters – 40,11,599 males, 39,07,9 fe fe women and 139 third gender voters are eligible to vote in 11,401 polling stations.
The election is being held under tight security due to the deployment of 320 security forces in the third phase, which is the highest of all levels.
There are 316 women’s polling stations and 149 model polling stations. A total of 45,6004 polling staff have been deployed in the phase. Some of them have started their polling stations for remote areas on Sunday.
Voters are requested to simultaneously mask or make available at polling stations if unsafe but CVVID mitigation facilities such as sanctuary, heat scanner, soap and hand washing facilities will be part of the guaranteed minimum facilities at each polling station.
The third phase will have 33 general observers, nine police observers, one expenditure supervisor and 96666 micro-observers.
The real preacher
The third episode aired on Sunday. Several national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, campaigned for their respective alliance candidates.
Modi campaigned in three phases, BTR addressed two public rallies in Kokrajhar and Tamulpur, signed the Bodo Accord and BJP development initiatives, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed several election rallies in Loir.
On the last day of the campaign, he was supposed to address a three-person rally, but had to withdraw from the trip to Assam and return to New Delhi after a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh.
Other leaders campaigning for the saffron party include BJP chief JP Nadda, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Tomar, Jitendra Singh, Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Anurag Tagore and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Minister Sarbananda Sonwal, state branch chief Ranjit Kumar Das and Sarma, who have addressed the largest election rally so far.
The Election Commission barred Sarma from campaigning for 48 hours from April 2, accusing her of making threatening remarks against BPF chief Hagrama. However, after criticism from the Election Commission, Sarma’s appeal has been reduced to 24 hours Congress And CPM
Rahul Gandhi visited the Kamakhya temple and addressed rallies in Chagaon and Barkhedi constituencies. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra was also supposed to campaign in three seats in Lower Assam, but the plan had to be scrapped after any communication. COVID-19 Infected people.
Among those campaigning for the grand alliance candidates is Rajya Sabha MP Mallikarjun Kharag, Dr. Nasir Hussain and DRS. Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlat and Bhupesh Baghel, AICC leader Pradeep Singh, Provincial Congress branch chief Ripun Borsoi, Lokwari Borsi, Goswami Jitendra Singh. Assam in-charge said.
The ‘Grand Alliance’ or ‘Grand Alliance’ includes the Congress, AIUDF, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), CPM CPI, CPI (ML) Mukti, Bharatiya Janata Dal (RJD) and Regional Congress Front (AGM).
The issue of major elections
The BJP, while talking about the development initiatives taken by the “Double Engine Government”, also attacked the Congress for merging with the AIUDF. The BJP attacked Badrang Ajmal to encourage illegal immigration from Bangladesh, promoted a “jihad of land and love” and promised to resolve these issues with a law.
Congress, on the other hand, has campaigned for ‘five guarantees’ for non-implementation of the CAA, government jobs for 500,000 youths, free electricity for 200 units, Rs 3 per day for tea garden workers and an increase in monthly allowances. . 2,000 for domestic workers
The main candidate
The newly split AJP is contesting 22 seats and is seeking 126 independent candidates in the BJP-led coalition elections.
The decision will be taken in the final round of eight Congress MLAs, five BJP MLAs, three All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and three BPF MLAs and one AGP MLA.
The BJP is in a friendly contest between 20 seats and its allies – the Assam People’s Party (AGP) in nine and the United People’s Party Liberals in eight – the Saffron Party and the UPL in eight.
Congress fielded 24 and 24 of its allies – 12 in the AIUDF, one in the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and one in the CPM. The Congress and AIUDF are engaged in friendly contests in the five constituencies of Jaleshwar, Bagbar, Sarukeshtri, Chenga and Barkhedi.
The BJP has split from its former ally the BPF and has allied with the UPL since the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections in December, but has decided to keep the BPF in government until the Assembly elections.
Himanta Bishwa Sarma, a powerful minister and convener of the North-Eastern Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in the region, is in a direct battle with Congress candidate Roman Chandra Barthakur to retain the Jalakubari seat in the fifth constituency.
Former BJP state president Ranjit Kumar Das, who previously represented Sarvog, is now embroiled in a triangular battle with AJP acting president Pabindra Deka and Congress son Sarma in Panchichakrachi. Deka had earlier represented the seat as an AGP member, but he resigned from the party to join the AJP.
Industries Minister Chandramohan Patwari is in a triangular contest with AJP’s Shikhar Kumar Sarma and Congress’ Ratul Patwari to retain the Dharampur seat.
Guwahati Development Minister Siddharth Bhattacharya is also involved in the Congress’ triangular contest to retain Guwahati (East), with the granddaughter of Assam’s first Chief Minister Gopinath Bordola and AJP journalist Adip Kumar Fukre retaining Guwahati (East).
AGP Minister Fani Bhushan Chowdhury, who has been representing Bangaon since 1985, has been fighting a triangular battle with Congress hybrid Prasad Roy and AJP Dipu Chowdhury to retain the seat for the eighth time.
BPF Minister Pramila Rani Brahma is in direct competition with Lawrence Iseliri of the Kokrajhar (East) UPL to retain the seat for the seventh time in a row.
Another BPF minister, Chandan Brahma, is directly contesting the Sidley seat with his UPL rival Jayant Basumantri.
Independent Kokra’s Lok Sabha MP Naba Kumar Sarania is in a triangular battle with BPF’s Praveen Baro and UP’s Bhupen Baro in the big assembly constituency.
In the Tamulpur constituency, BPF candidate Rangaja Khungur withdrew from the Basumatri contest and joined the BJP during the campaign and led the UPL candidate Leho Ram Boro.
On Sunday, the Election Commission rejected a request from the BPF constituency to postpone the polls, saying the polls would be postponed at this stage if a candidate from a party approved by law dies.
Other leading candidates in the fray include AGP singer Kalpana Patwari (Sarukestri), journalist Manjit Mahanta from Dispur constituency and Hridayananda Gogoi from Congress and Adip Phukan on NCC tickets and AJC tickets from Guwahati (East).
The Guwahati (West) constituency has a maximum of 15 candidates and the Boko (SC) constituency has a minimum of three candidates. Dispur has a maximum of 4,11,633 voters and Dharmapur has a minimum of 1,41,5992 voters.
With PTI input