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Nagaon dist set for 2nd phase of polling

By The Assam Tribune

A Correspondent

NAGAON, March 31: A high-octane electoral campaign for the second phase of polling, spearheaded by an array of senior leaders, came to an end in Nagaon election district yesterday. The constituencies that will go to polls tomorrow are Nagaon Sadar, Barhampur and Raha, where straight fights between the Congress and the BJP are likely. The poll will decide the fate of 22 candidates in the fray in the three constituencies.

On the last day of campaign, the ruling BJP-led alliance, the Congress-led ‘grand alliance’ and other parties took out rallies in support of their candidates in the constituencies, which saw participation of thousands of people.

Incumbent MLA of Nagaon Sadar LAC, Rupak Sarma, Congress-led alliance candidate Shantanu Sarma, and AJP candidate Anup Laskar held roadshows with their supporters in the main areas to woo the voters.

Sarma, while talking to this correspondent, claimed that during the last five years, the BJP-led government has made a visible change in the State in the field of healthcare, education and infrastructure, and therefore, people would definitely cast their votes in BJP’s favour.

Similarly, grand alliance candidate Shantanu Sarma said that the Congress would form the government this time due to its strong base.

In the Barhampur constituency, BJP candidate Jitu Goswami and Congress candidate Suresh Bora have also organised big rallies in the constituency.

It may be recalled that in the first phase of election, the average voting turnout recorded was 87 per cent in four constituencies – Rupohihat, Dhing, Batadroba and Samaguri. Considering the response from the voters, a high turnout is on the cards in the second phase, too. The experts closely monitoring the development are of the view that the main fight is likely to be confined between the saffron party and the Congress.

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