337 candidates in fray in 40 constituencies
79,19,641 voters eligible to exercise franchise
GUWAHATI, April 4: The month-long campaign of the Assembly election in the State ended today with both the ruling BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led grand alliance claiming an edge over each other.
The third and final phase of the polls will take place on April 6. The campaigning for the third and final phase drew to a close at 6 pm on Sunday. There are 337 candidates, including 25 women, in fray in 40 constituencies that will go to polls in the final phase.
Altogether 79,19,641 voters would be able to exercise their franchise in 11,401 polling stations in 12 election districts, which includes 40,11,539 males and 39,07,963 females. The number of third gender voters is 139.
Dispur with 4,11,636 voters and Dharmapur with 1,41,592 electors are the constituencies with the highest and lowest voters, respectively.
With the last few days witnessing top political leaders from different parties taking part in aggressive campaigning, all eyes would be on some of the high-octane contests on offer in the third phase of polls.
Polling for the third phase of elections will decide the fate of some of the high-profile candidates, including BJP State president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chandra Mohan Patowary and Siddhartha Bhattacharya (all from BJP) and Phani Bhushan Choudhury (AGP).
Further, fate of BPF candidates and ministers Pramila Rani Brahma and Chandan Brahma, who have forged an alliance with the Congress-led grand alliance, too, will be sealed on April 6.
The Congress will be pinning hopes on the likes of Wazed Ali Choudhury, Ashima Bordoloi and Mira Borthakur to come out with flying colours. Some other prominent candidates in the fray are Ramendra Narayan Kalita (AGP), Atul Bora (BJP), Adip Phukan (AJP) and Manjit Mahanta (Congress nominee).
As far as the AIUDF is concerned, the onus will be on Hafiz Bashir Ahmed (Bilasipara West), Aminul Islam (Mankachar) and Nizanur Rahman (Gauripur), besides Minakshi Rahman (Sarukhetri), the party’s only female candidate in fray.
While the BJP and its allies are confident of retaining power, the Congress think-tank is fancying their chances riding on the ‘anti-incumbency’ factor. The results of Assembly election will be announced on May 2.