UDALGURI, March 29 � A total of three women candidates are in the fray in the forthcoming BTC elections to be held on April 8 next under Udalguri district. Among them two are from 33 Nonoi Serfang (non-ST) and one from Rowta (ST) constituency.
Farida Kuzur and Anima Baruah Toppo are the two Independent female -candidates contesting from 33 Nonoi Serfang (non-ST) constituency while Joymoti Basumatary of No.1 Singimari under Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district has filed her nomination paper as an Independent candidate from 40 Rowta (ST) constituency.
It was observed during a general field visit, that even though most of the political parties have women workers at the grass root level, but interestingly enough, none of them dared to field any women candidates from the ten constituencies in the district.
Meanwhile, a supporter of the female candidate in Rowta told this correspondent that neither the Congress, nor the BJP or BPF has any goodwill towards the women folk in the elections. �They could just know to deliver lectures from the dais for the welfare of womenfolk, but none of the parties have any goodwill for us and this is seen clear in this election.� She also appealed to the women voters of Rowta constituency to show their unity and strength of woman power.
It is to be noted that there are 58,235 voters in 40 Rowta constituency out of which 28, 266 are female voters. On the other hand, there are 45,237 voters in 33 Nonoi Serfang (non-ST) out of which 21,894 are female voters.
Meeting on Model Code of Conduct: Sadhana Hojai, the Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer of Udalguri district convened an all-party meeting and a press meet today at her conference hall and apprised the political parties of various �do�s and don�ts� of election rules while conducting the campaigning in the respective constituencies.
The meeting was also addressed by Debajit Bora, ADC of Udalguri district and Prashanta Dutta, the Additional SP of Udalguri district. The ASP on the occasion informed that there are 17 companies of security forces would be deployed during the election hours to provide free and fair atmosphere to the voters.
It is to be noted that there are now 77 candidates are in the fray from the ten constituencies under Udalguri district after one Ranjan Basumatary, an Independent candidate from 38 Dhansiri and Sukleswar Boro, Independent candidate from 35 Mudoibari constituency withdrew their candidature yesterday while the nomination papers of Keshab Deka, an Independent candidate from 35 Mudoibari and Amrit Rabha from 32 Khoirabari were cancelled earlier.