DIBRUGARH, April 6 � The election fever in the district has not subsided yet as the post-election scenario has kept the parties busy calculating votes they may have polled individually to get clear indications of their prospects.
Although fates of some 50 candidates has now been sealed and kept at the strong room at the Government Boy�s High Shool, almost every candidate claims to have gathered the maximum votes. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is expecting to win the seats in Chabua, Lahoal, Naharkatia and retain Tingkhong. Former working president of the Dibrugarh district AGP committee, Dr Kamini Ranjan Baruah said that the party was hopeful of even Moran LAC. There are seven legislative assembly constituencies in the district.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which brought in number of heavyweights from the Centre for the poll campaign has expressed confidence of retaining the Dibrugarh and Duliajan seats. �There is possibility of winning the Chabua LAC seat also as the party received enormous support there,� Dibrugarh district BJP spokesperson Anil Duarah told this newspaper. Moreover, Dipuranjan Markary, president of the Sonowal Kachari Students� Union and BJP candidate from Tingkhong LAC has said that he would receive about 35,000 votes and snatch the seat from sitting AGP MLA Anup Phukan.
The Congress is confident of winning Tingkhong and Dibrugarh LACs and retain all other sitting seats. The party has also expressed satisfaction at the turn-out at Duliajan and is hopeful of getting it back from two-time BJP MLA Rameshwar Teli. Etuwa Munda, candidate from Tingkhong and general secretary of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) who held the Tingkhong seat twice earlier and lost to Anup Phulan of the AGP in the last Assembly polls said that he would get through this time.
The EVMs after the polls were brought with full security to the strong room. The sealing of the strong rooms were done in presence of central observers and Deputy Commisioner Dr KK Dwivedi.