New Delhi: Assam will witness the first phase of polling for 47 Assembly constituencies on Saturday (March 27).
The polling will begin at 7 am and last till 6 pm in the evening in the 47 constituencies across 12 districts in the first phase of the Assam elections. The political fate of 264 candidates will be decided in the first phase by 81,09,815 voters, including 40,77,210 men and 40,32,481 women.
The ruling BJP-led NDA and Congress-AIUDF ‘Mahajoth’ alliance are locked in a close contest in the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put up candidates in 39 of the 47 seats while its alliance partner the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in 10 seats. While the Congress has fielded candidates in 43 seats and its allies AIUDF, RJD, Anchalik Gana Morcha (as an independent) and CPI-ML will contest on one seat each.
The following constituencies are going to poll in the first phase of voting:
Constituency number Constituency Name
97 Dergaon (SC)
99 Majuli (ST)
112 Dhakuakhana (ST)
113 Dhemaji (ST)
114 Jonai (ST)
125 Doom Dooma
The fate of many heavyweights will be decided in the first phase including BJP leader and incumbent chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, ministers Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta, Ranjit Dutta, Naba Kumar Doley, Sanjoy Kishan and Nazir Hussain.
Others like Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Ripun Bora, Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia, AICC secretary Bhupen Borah and former ministers of the party Bharat Narah, Pranatee Phukan and Rakibul Hussain, Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi and Assam Jatiya Parishad president Lurinjyoti Gogoi along with his party general secretary Jagadish Bhuyan will also be in the fray in the first phase.