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Election fever engulfs BTC area

By Correspondent

GORESWAR, April 3 � The election wave has engulfed the entire Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area. The State Election Commissioner has already made all preparations for holding polls in 40 constituencies under the BTC area.

With the polls to the BTC stated for April 9, the Baksa district Election Commissioner has also geared up all arrangements to hold the elections in Baksa district. There are altogether five constituencies under Tamulpur subdivision in Baksa district. These are No. 26 Darrangajuli, No. 27 Nagrijuli, No. 28 Goybari (Tamulpur), No. 29 Suklai Serfang and No. 30 Goreswar.

On the other hand, the reserved constituencies for ST candidates are No. 26 Darrangajuli, No. 28 Goybari, No. 29 Suklai Serfang and No. 30 Goreswar.

According to sources, the contesting candidates are Rabi Ram Deka (AGP), Maheswar Basumatary, former EM (BPF), Krishna Kanta Swargiary (BPPF), Surajit Basumatary (UPDF), Buddhi Ram Deka, (CPI-M), Pabitra Kumar Boro (Ind), Ramen Boro (Ind), Prabhat Boro (Ind) and Baneswar Boro (Cong-I) from No. 30 Goreswar, while Ganesh Kachari, ex-MCLA (BPF), Nilakantha Deka (AGP), Baren Basumatary (Cong-I), Ramesh Swargiary (UDPF) and Tankeswar Boro (Ind) are contesting from No. 29 Suklai Serfang constituency of Baksa district.

The above-mentioned candidates have already opened their respective party offices at various places under the No. 29 Suklai Serfang and No. 30 Goreswar constituencies.

The concerned candidates, accompanied by their respective supporters, have been holding their election campaign meets in the said constituencies since filing their respective Nominations to motivate the voters.

Besides the respective candidates have formed election campaign committees block wise, and village wise respectively. A total of 7,000 new voters of No. 30 Goreswar constituency have been added this year.

According to sources, Tamulpur sub-division Returning Officer Deba Kumar Kalita has taken steps to conduct the ensuing BTC polls in the five constituencies. The total voters in the five sub-constituencies stand at 2,39,904 and there are 300 voting centres.

These centres have been divided into 14 zones and 32 sectors. The No. 30 Goreswar constituency has been divided into 12 sectors and there are 100 voting centres.

Meanwhile, nine deputy police superintendents have already been given responsibility for nine zones and 77 sub-inspectors of police will be appointed against 77 sectors under the said constituency, while the armed forces will be deployed in the very sensitive areas and police constables will be engaged in Non-sensitive voting centres including home guards and the VDPs for smoothly running the BTC election, particularly in No. 30 Goreswar.

According to the Additional Superintendent of Police of Baksa district, Rajen Sing, 136 voting centres out of 762 voting centres are very sensitive, 309 voting centres are sensitive and 317 voting centres are Normal in Baksa district.

Candidates for the BTC polls in No. 30 Goreswar (ST) constituency as well as No. 29 Suklai Serfang (ST) constituency in Baksa district are Now busy holding meetings and making door-to-door campaigns to woo their voters.

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