KOKRAJHAR, April 7 - Candidates from almost all national and regional political parties, including those who are in the fray as Independents, have already started campaigning in Kokrajhar district. However, close contests among some heavyweights, irrespective of parties, are likely in all three Assembly constituencies in the district.
The close race is likely among the BPF, UPP, AIUDF and Congress parties. Among the 10 candidates in the fray for Kokrajhar West constituency, Rabiram Narzary of the BPF, UG Brahma of the UPP and Dahit Chandra Brahma of the AIUDF have their own strongholds in the area.
In this constituency, there are 1,59,496 voters, including 82,533 male, 76,957 female and six others. Among 209 polling stations, 132 are identified as critical. However, the number of critical polling stations is likely to increase.
In Gossaigaon Assembly constituency, a triangular contest is likely to take place among sitting MLA Majendra Narzary of the BPF, Ashim Hasda of the Congress and Ravi Sankar Kasireddy of the AIUDF. All these three leaders have strongholds in the area as has been evident during their respective campaigns.
This constituency also has a special significance for the BPF as a ruling party and the contest is going to be tough among these candidates. At this constituency, 1,66,711 voters, including 86,060 male, 80,071 female and five others, will determine the fate of the candidates in the fray.
Among 218 polling stations here, 65 are identified as critical. However, the number of critical polling stations is likely to increase.
A straight contest is likely to take place at Kokrajhar East constituency between Pratibha Brahma of the UPP and Promila Rani Brahma, the sitting MLA and a high profile BPF leader.
Both the leaders from the two rival parties are drawing large crowds during their campaigning in several areas with star campaigners on their sides. In this constituency, AIUDF candidate Manu Borgayary is also trying his best to woo voters.
BPF candidate Pramila Rani Brahma won the seat in the last five Assembly elections and it would be a grand spectacle if the contesting candidates from the UPP and AIUDF could snatch the seat from the sitting MLA.
There are 1,65,022 voters, including 82,141 male and 82,881 female, who will exercise their franchise on April 11 in the constituency. As many as 48 polling stations have been identified as critical out of 213 polling stations.
Though the BPF party had won all the three seats in Kokrajhar in the last Assembly elections, this time the emergence of the UPP and AIUDF in all the three Assembly constituencies in Kokrajhar and some strong Independent candidates in some particular constituencies will certainly play a key role in the final outcome of the elections.