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Campaign for third phase Lok Sabha poll ends, 74 candidates in fray for third poll
NETV Correspondent
April 22, Guwahati

The campaign to the third and final phase Lok Sabha polls in Assam came to an end at 5 pm on Tuesday. Many star campaigners including BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi campaigned in this phase. In the last phase, the poll will be held in 6 constituencies of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Mangaldoi, Guwahati and Nagaon. Altogether 74 candidates are left in the fray for the third and final phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 24. There are 18 contestants in Guwahati, eight in Nagaon, 12 in Mongaldoi, 15 in Barpeta, six in Kokrajhar and 15 in Dhubri constituency. In this phase total 94 lakh 21 thousand 977 voters are eligible to vote of which 48 lakh 79 thousand 424 are male and 45 lakh 42 thousand 553 are female. In Dhubri, total male voters is 7 lakh 96 thousand 73, female voters 7 lakh 54 thousand 45. Total voters is 15 lakh 50 thousand 118. In Kokrajhar total male voters is 7 lakh 72 thousand 594, female voters 7 lakh 30 thousand 582 and total voter is 15 lakh 3 thousand 176. The total male voters in Barpeta is 7 lakh 48 thousand 767, female voters is 6 lakh 75 thousand 871 and total is 14 lakh 24 thousand 638. In Guwahati, total male voters is 9 lakh 87 thousand 682, female voters is 9 lakh 33 thousand 692 and total voter is 19 lakh 21 thousand 374. In Mangaldoi, total male voter is 7,89, 729, female voter is 7 lakh 23 thousand 330 and total voter is 15 lakh 13 thousand 59. In Nagaon, total male voter is 7 lakh 84 thousand 579, female is 7 lakh 25 thousand 33. Total voters in the constituency is 15 lakh 9 thousand 612. The polling will be held in 11 thousand 889 polling stations in the 6 constituencies across the 14 districts. The constituency-wise break up of polling stations is DHUBRI: 1940, KOKRAJHAR: 2049, BARPETA: 1906, GAUHATI: 2340, MANGALDOI: 1852, NAGAON: 1902. Altogether 1301 polling stations are categorized as very sensitive and 3716 as sensitive. The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements for the poll. Following the poll-related violence in BTAD, additional force has been deployed in the area. In this phase, the fates of many heavy weights will be sealed by the voters. These include AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal; Transport Minister Chandan Brahma; Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) working president Phanibhusan Choudhury; BJP national vice-president Bijoya Chakrabarty; former AGP chief Chandra Mohan Patowary, former AGP MP Birendra Prasad Baishya, pro-talk ULFA leader Hira Sarania, former Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, AIUDF Legislature Party leader Sirajuddin Ajmal, and CPI(M) leader Uddhab Barman. The counting will be held on May 16.

Pre-poll violence in Baksa, Nalbari, Baihata, Chirang; offices damaged
NETV Correspondent
April 22, Guwahati

Election related violence continues to create tense in BTAD area. In one such incident Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary had a narrow escape. It has been learnt that in Naokata area of Baksa, miscreants vandalized the temporary helipad in the night. The incident came to light in the morning when BPF supporters spotted the damaged helipad. Immediately the situation turned tense and the supporters rushed to a new spot to build a new helipad. Meanwhile, BPF leader Ganesh Kachari has said that witnessing the rise of BPF candidate Chandan Brahma, the opponents are taking shelter of such unethical practices. Election related violence has also been reported from Chirang district under Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency. Unidentified miscreants set ablaze the house of Rajeshwar Wari a BPF leader in Gorubhakha area of the district on Monday night. Wari has alleged that supporters of UG Brahma are behind this incident. Meanwhile, the district administration has deployed police and CRPF at Wari’s residence and is investigating the matter. Similar incidents of election related violence has also been reported from Nalbari district. It has been learnt that miscreants vandalized an office of AGP candidate Madhav Rajbangsi in Paikarkuchi area of the district.

Sarbananda Sonowal alleges Tarun Gogoi forcing traders to hike prices
NETV Correspondent
April 22, Guwahati

BJP President Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday leveled a serious allegation against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Sonowal, addressing a press meet alleged that the CM has demanded money from the traders at Fancy Bazar and has forced them to raise prices of essential commodities. He said that the Congress has inked a deal with the AIUDF and this is why Rahul Gandhi did not campaign in Dhubri and Barpeta.

Bijaya Chakrabarti claims Congress helping AGP’s Biren Baishya
NETV Correspondent
April 22, Guwahati

BJP candidate from Guwahati Bijaya Chakrabarti on Tuesday alleged that the Congress is campaigning for her AGP rival Birendra Prasad Baishya. She claimed that she herself has seen Baishya in a Congress leader’s car.

Fund crunch stops AAP central leaders from campaigning in Assam
NETV Correspondent
April 22, Guwahati

In the last one month or so, all parties brought their star campaigners to woo the voters. From BJP’s Natrendra Modi to Cpongress’ Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to Trinamool’s Mithun Chakrabarti, the parties did not leave any stone unturned to impress the voters. The only exception was the Aam aadmi party. Unlike the party’s campaign in other states, no central party leader was seen in Assam. The reason is nothing political, but financial. The party’s central working committee member Shazia Ilmi on Tuesday visited Guwahati for a few hours just before the campaign ended. She attacked the Congress for running dynastic politics at the Centre and in Assam. She also claimed that the AAP candidate would win from Guwahati. Journalist-turned politician Shazia Ilmi who herself had a tough time getting party candidature visited Guwahati and participated in a rally of AAP candidate for Guwahati Lok Sabha seat Pranjal Bordoloi. She also went to the cremation site of Music Maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika at Jalukbari and paid tribute to the bard of Brahmaputra.

Lok Sabha poll over, Countdown for results starts in Meghalaya
NETV Bureau
April 22, Meghalaya

Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik has said that the State Election department has made reference to the Election Commission of India to maintain the status quo of having thirteen counting centers in the state to count the votes for the Lok Sabha elections. Naik said that the Election Commission is still awaiting the response of the Election Commission in this regard. Earlier, Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit had urged the Chief election commissioner of India to ensure that the EVMs are protected from any untoward handling including software tampering besides requesting that the EVMs must not to be transported from the present strong rooms in the six Districts and two Sub Divisional (Civil) headquarter. Naik, however said that full proof security measures have been taken to protect the EVMs in the strong room as people’s movement has been restricted near the Strong room and Commission has also arranged for CCTV cameras to guard the strong room. Central Para military forces have also been deployed in the strong rooms to ensure that the EVMs remain safe. The counting for two seats of Lok Sabha elections in Meghalaya will be held on May 16 when fate of the ten candidates will be decided who have contested the elections.


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