Third phase Lok Sabha poll in four constituencies on Tuesday

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Ajmal, Pramila Rani, Naba Sarania, Abdul Khaleque among 54 candidates in the fray

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, April 22: A total of 77,0622 electorate, including 38,15,335 male, 36,61,570 women and 157 of the third gender will decide the fate of 54 candidates in 9,577 polling stations across four Lok Sabha constituencies- Guwahati, Dhubri, Barpeta and Kokrajhar on Tuesday.

The polling will be conducted in 2,592 polling station in Guwahati, 2,188 in Barpeta, 2,347 in Kokrajhar and 2,450 polling station in Dhubri Lok sabha constituency from 7 am to 5 pm.

There are 524 remote polling stations in the last phase, with Dhubri having the highest of 314, followed by 140 in Barpeta and 70 in Gauhati. Kokrajhar has no remote polling stations.

There are 147 all-women polling stations in the four constituencies, with Guwahati having the highest number of 79 booths. There are a total of 125 model stations in the four seats.

Prominent candidates in fray are two sitting MPs –AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal in Dhubri and Independent Naba Sarania in Kokrajhar, state social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma of BPF from Kokrajhar and Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque from Barpeta constituency.

Gauhati has 17 candidates in fray, including five women, with the contest likely to be direct between two women candidates — BJP’s Queen Oja and Congress’s Bobbeeta Sharma.

In Dhubri, there are 15 candidates with the fight likely to be triangular between sitting AIUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal, AGP’s Zabed Islam and Congress candidate Abu Taher Bepari.

There are 13 candidates in fray in Barpeta, and the contest is also expected to be triangular between Abdul Khaleque of Congress, Kumar Deepak Das of AGP and AIUDF’s Rafiqul Islam.

In the Kokrajhar (ST) seat, a quadrangular fight is likely between sitting Independent candidate Naba Sarania, BPF’s Pramila Rani Brahma, Congress’s Sabda Rabha and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) nominee U G Brahma.

All arrangements have been made for free and fair polling, Assam chief electoral officer (CEO) Mukesh Chabndra Sahu told The Hills Times.

Altogether 200 companies of state police and security forces have been deployed, along with a minimum of one constable in every polling station, Sahu said.

A total of 38,308 polling personnel have been deployed in the third phase, Sahu said

Patrolling along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri constituency, borders with neighbouring states, railway stations and other sensitive areas have been intensified, while strict monitoring of social media and cyber-related crimes is being done at the district level, a senior police official said.

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur will exercise their franchise at the Dispur Govt HS School Polling Station here on Tuesday.

Dr Singh and his wife Kaur are voters of Dispur Assembly constituency and their serial numbers in the electoral roll are 623 and 624 and their address is house number 3989 in the Sarumotoria area in the capital city.

A Rajya Sabha member from the state since 1991, Dr Manhoman Singh was elected  to the Upper House from Assam for fifth consecutive term and his current term will end on June 14 this year.

Dr Singh was offered a Rajya Sabha seat from Assam by the former Assam Chief Minister Late Hiteswar Saikia after he became the Union Finance Minister in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1991.

Saikia also made him a tenant in his house located at Sarumotoria.

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