As Assam goes to polls for the first phase of elections in 47 seats, voting began at 7 am on Saturday for to decide the fate of prominent candidates including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendranath Goswami and Debrata Saikia, the leader of opposition in the state.
While CM Sarbananda Sonowal is contesting from Majuli, Debrata Saikia is contesting from Assam’s Nazira constituency. The first phase will also witness a crucial fight in Gohpur where Utpal Bora is contesting from BJP while Ripur Bora is contesting from Congress. Ripur Bora is also the chief of Assam Congress.
Outgoing Speaker Hitendranath Goswami will fight former MLA Rana Goswami of the Congress for Jorhat. Altogether 264 candidates, including 23 women, are in the fray in the first phase, they said.
A total of 300 companies of security forces have been deployed in the first phase, in which people are voting at 11,537 polling stations across 12 districts of Upper Assam and the Northern Bank of Brahmaputra.
News Source : News 18