Over 82.33 pc turnout in 3rd phase of polls; 22 out of 40 seats will go to us, says Himanta

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, April 6: A total of 82.33% voter turnout has been recorded in the third and final phase of assembly elections in the state on Tuesday.

However, the final figure of voter turnout is yet to come out.

While, South Salmara district led the voters’ turnout percentage with 89.49%, on the other hand North Salmara lagged behind all other districts with a 72.96% voter turnout.

79,19,641 voters are expected to seal the fate of 337 candidates in 40 constituencies spread across 12 districts, including four districts of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

The 337 candidates include 25 women. The age group of candidates range between 25 years and 73 years. There are three 73-year-old and four 25-year-old candidates in the fray.

Among the 40 constituencies, Dispur has the highest number of voters – 4,11,636 – and Dharmapur has the lowest of 1,41,592.

In the third phase, there are 79,19,641 voters, of which 40,11,539 are males, 39,07,963 are females, and 139 are transgenders.

The polling was largely peaceful despite sporadic incidents of violence and disturbances in some areas.

BJP leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Phani Bhusan Choudhury, who are in the fray in this phase, exercised their franchise in the morning hours.

“BJP will win 22 out of 40 seats in the third phase,” claimed Himanta Biswa Sarma who cast his vote at a polling booth in Amingaon.

Sarma was seen in traditional Assamese attire while casting his vote. Along with minister Sarma, his wife Riniki Bhuyan Sharma and son Nandil Biswa Sarma also exercised their franchise at the same polling station.

“There are 40 seats in this phase, we are expecting to win 22 of them, the number can be higher. In this election, we will win more seats,” Sarma said while speaking to reporters.

Sarma further took a jibe at Congress, stating that its alliance partner All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) will perform better than Congress.

“Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF will be the second number party in the state and the Congress will just go down and Badruddin will take advantage of that,” he said.

AGP leader and food and civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury cast his vote at a polling booth in Bongaigaon constituency on Tuesday. Bongaigaon is one of the 40 seats where polling for the third phase of assembly elections is underway.

Speaking to media persons, the senior AGP leader said, “This time, I have received massive response from the people as compared to the last seven terms. So, I believe, this election in the Bongaigaon constituency will be one-sided.”

Choudhury is taking on Sankar Prasad Ray of Congress and Dipu Choudhury of Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

BPF ministers Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma also cast their votes as did BPL chief Hagrama Mohilary, state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Congress leader Ratul Patowary and state election ambassador and actor Kopil Bora.

There were reports of a clash between two groups of people over some issues at a polling station at Dighaltari LP School at Golakganj. Police resorted to lathi charge and firing in the air to control the situation but no one was injured.

The polling at the booth was stopped for a brief period and resumed soon.

At a booth at Gutipara in Bilasipara West constituency security personnel were attacked by a group of people over distribution of free masks. Here too, the police resorted to lathi charge when the attackers threw stones at the polling station.

As a result voting at the polling station was interrupted for about half-an-hour but later resumed normally.

In another incident police detained at least two persons from a polling booth at Kamrup Academy Higher Secondary School in Guwahati for allegedly distributing BJP pamphlets carrying minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s pictures.

Around 10 people have been detained from different constituencies where voting is on, officials said.

EVM malfunctioning was reported in several polling centers and voting in them resumed after the machines were replaced, they said.

Voters wearing masks were seen queuing outside the polling booths. In some places they maintained the stipulated physical distance by standing in marked circles. Voters of all the four constituencies in Guwahati city were seen abiding by the coronavirus precautions.

However, most of the voters in rural areas were seen huddling in groups. Those who did not have masks were provided with them, besides disposable plastic gloves before the voters were allowed to enter the polling booths.

83% poll in Kokrajhar

Nearly 83% percent poll was recorded in all three constituencies of Kokrajhar district during the third phase elections on Tuesday.

The polling was conducted in Kokrajhar East, Kokrajhar West and Gossaigaon constituencies.

In Kokrajhar West constituency 84.21% percent poll was recorded and 83.01% turnout was recorded in Gossaigaon constituency.

A person reportedly received a serious injury at an incident at Mozabari near Simbargaon under Kokrajhar East constituency. He was identified as Hasmot Ali (36) of Mozabari village. He was admitted to Kokrajhar RNB civil hospital.

A total 1,83,994 voters (male 90,475 and female 92,416) voters participated in 282 polling stations.


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