Assam Election 2021: First phase voting in Assam tomorrow, political giants in fray

Guwahati: The first phase of voting in Assam will be held tomorrow as part of the assembly elections. In the first phase, voting will be held on 47 assembly seats in 12 districts of the state.

Of these 47 seats, 5 are tribal seats. Out of the 47 seats to be voted on in the first round on Saturday, 42 seats are from 11 districts of Upper Assam while 5 seats are in central Assam. In the first phase, 264 candidates are in the fray for the Assam Assembly Election 2021. In the first phase, 78 independents are also in the fray.

Voting will be conducted at these 47 assembly seats

In the first phase, Dhekiajuli Sonitpur, Barchala, Tezpur, Rangapada, Sutiya, Biswanath, Behali, Gohpur, Bihpuria Lakhimpur, Dhing Nagaon, Batadroba, Rupohat, Samaguri, Kalibar, Bokakhat Golaghat, Sarupathar, Golaghat, Khumatha, Deraghat Jorhat, Teuk, Titabor, Mariani, Amgudi Sivasagar, Thowra, Sibsagar, Nazira, Mahmara Charaideb, Sonari, Moran Dibrugarh, Dibrugarh, Lahowal, Duliajan, Tingkhong, Naharkatiya, Tinsukia, Digboi, Margarita, Majukhi, Dhobukhi ST), Dhemaji, Jonai (ST), Chhabua Dibrugarh, Dumduma Tinsukia and Sadiya Assembly seats will be going to the polls.

Main competition between BJP and Congress in Assam

Of the 47 seats in the first phase, BJP is in the fray at 39 seats and its ally AGP at 10. On two of these, these parties will also have a friendly fight. 

Meanwhile, the Congress is in the fray for 43 seats while its allies AIUDF, RJD, Zonal Gan Morcha (as independent candidates) and CPI-ML are contesting one seat each. The Assam Ethnic Council is contesting on 41 seats while the Raisers party is contesting on 19 seats.

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The fate of political giants at stake

In the first phase of the Assam Election 2021, the political fortunes of many stalwarts of BJP and Congress are at stake. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (Majuli), Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami (Jorhat), Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali) and Sanjay Kishan (Tinsukia) are in the fray. Similar NDA partners and Assam Republic Council leader and ministers Atul Bora (Bokakhat) and Keshav Mahant (Kaliabor) are also in the fray. 

The fate of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Ripun Bora (Gohpur), Congress Legislature Party leader Devvrat Saikia (Nazira) and Congress Secretary Bhupen Bora (Bihpuria) are also to be decided in the first phase.

264 candidates in the fray in the first phase

In the first phase, voters in Assam will decide the fate of 264 candidates. Implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is a major issue in the state. This led to protests and violence in the state, although the state BJP is silent on this. This issue was neither heard during the party’s campaign nor did it find a place in the party’s manifesto. At the same time, Congress and other parties have assured to bring a bill in the Assembly against it for not implementing it in Assam when it comes to power.

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