Over 60 per cent of the around 1.7 million voters cast their votes on Saturday in the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency and Baithalangso legislative assembly constituency by-polls.
An official from the Chief Electoral Office said the polling remained peaceful without any untoward incident and 60.83 per cent voter turnout was recorded in both the constituencies.
"The polling started around 7 a.m. with a moderate note and till the end we have recorded 60.83 per cent turnout," the official said.
While Naoboicha assembly segment under Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest (68.37 per cent) polling, Dhakuakhana assembly segment under the same Lok Sabha constituency recorded the lowest (56 per cent) polling on Saturday.
While there were 15,11,110 eligible voters under the nine assembly segments of Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency, there were 1,80,203 eligible voters for the Baithalangso legislative assembly constituency.
Five candidates are in the fray for the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency and three for the Baithalangso legislative assembly constituency.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded party MLA Pradan Baruah for Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat while the Congress has put up senior party member Hema Hari Pegu as its candidate in the constituency.
Apart from this, the CPI fielded Amiya Kumar Handique followed by SUCI candidate Hem Kanta Miri and Independent candidate Dilip Moran.
In Baithalangso constituency, the BJP has fielded Mansing Rongpi and the Congress has put up Rupon Sing Ronghang.
Another candidate, Rajen Timung, has also filed his nomination as an Independent candidate from Baithalangso constituency.
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|S.no||Name of the Consituencies||Winner||Party|
|1||Abhayapuri North||ABDUL HAI NAGORI(48354)||INC|
|2||Abhayapuri South||ANANTA KUMAR MALO(51525)||AIUDF|
|3||Algapur||NIZAM UDDIN CHOUDHURY(50531)||AIUDF|
|5||Badarpur||JAMAL UDDIN AHMED(38266)||INC|
|6||Baghbar||SHERMAN ALI AHMED(73340)||INC|
|9||Barchalla||GANESH KUMAR LIMBU(53912)||BJP|
|10||Barhampur||SRI PRAFULLA KUMAR MAHANTA(65768)||AGP|
|13||Barpeta||GUNINDRA NATH DAS(63563)||AGP|
|16||Bhabanipur||ABUL KALAM AZAD(28383)||AIUDF|
|19||Bilasipara East||ASHOK KUMAR SINGHI(59206)||BJP|
|20||Bilasipara West||HAFIZ BASHIR AHMED(44407)||AIUDF|
|25||Bongaigaon||PHANI BHUSAN CHOUDHURY(77292)||AGP|
|29||Chenga||SUKUR ALI AHMED(51882)||INC|
|31||Dergaon||BHABENDRA NATH BHARALI(63079)||AGP|
|32||Dhakuakhana||NABA KUMAR DOLEY(81556)||BJP|
|33||Dharmapur||CHANDRA MOHAN PATOWARY(70503)||BJP|
|43||Doom Dooma||DURGA BHUMIJ(46938)||INC|
|44||Dudhnai||DIPAK KUMAR RABHA(79983)||BJP|
|46||Gauhati East||SIDDHARTHA BHATTACHARYA(127602)||BJP|
|47||Gauhati West||RAMENDRA NARAYAN KALITA(132184)||AGP|
|49||Goalpara East||ABUL KALAM RASHEED ALAM(57374)||INC|
|50||Goalpara West||ABDUR RASHID MANDAL(61007)||INC|
|53||Golakganj||ASHWINI RAY SARKAR(74644)||BJP|
|55||Haflong||BIR BHADRA HAGJER(52037)||BJP|
|56||Hailakandi||ANWAR HUSSAIN LASKAR(41647)||AIUDF|
|59||Howraghat||JOY RAM ENGLENG(43378)||BJP|
|60||Jagiroad||SHRI PIJUSH HAZARIKA(94550)||BJP|
|61||Jaleswar||SAHAB UDDIN AHMED(56003)||AIUDF|
|62||Jalukbari||HIMANTA BISWA SARMA(118390)||BJP|
|63||Jamunamukh||ABDUR RAHIM AJMAL(65599)||AIUDF|
|66||Jorhat||HITENDRA NATH GOSWAMI(69209)||BJP|
|70||Karimganj North||KAMALAKHYA DEY PURKAYASTHA(45289)||INC|
|71||Karimganj South||AZIZ AHMED KHAN(58060)||AIUDF|
|72||Katigora||AMAR CHAND JAIN(59764)||BJP|
|73||Katlicherra||SUZAM UDDIN LASKAR(50676)||AIUDF|
|75||Kokrajhar East||PRAMILA RANI BRAHMA(76496)||BPF|
|76||Kokrajhar West||RABIRAM NARZARY(64423)||BPF|
|77||Laharighat||DR. NAZRUL ISLAM(57904)||INC|
|86||Mankachar||DR. MOTIUR ROHMAN MONDAL(54181)||INC|
|89||Marigaon||RAMA KANTA DEWRI(80669)||BJP|
|91||Nahar Katia||NAREN SONOWAL (BOTALI)(46051)||AGP|
|93||Naoboicha||MAMUN IMDADUL HAQUE CHAWDHURY(56003)||AIUDF|
|96||Palasbari||SRI PRANAB KALITA(75210)||BJP|
|101||Rangapara||PALLAB LOCHAN DAS(51597)||BJP|
|106||Salmara South||WAZED ALI CHOUDHURY(80066)||INC|
|108||Sarukhetri||JAKIR HUSSAIN SIKDAR(70062)||INC|
|110||Sibsagar||PRANAB KUMAR GOGOI(48584)||INC|
|112||Silchar||SRI DILIP KUMAR PAUL(94787)||BJP|
|113||Sipajhar||BINANDA KUMAR SAIKIA(65487)||BJP|
|114||Sonai||AMINUL HAQUE LASKAR(44236)||BJP|
|115||Sonari||TOPON KUMAR GOGOI(73327)||BJP|
|117||Sorbhog||RANJEET KUMAR DASS(56454)||BJP|
|126||Udharbond||MIHIR KANTI SHOME(54204)||BJP|
|II Phase Poll||Counting|
|April 4||April 11|
The second and final phase of polling to the Assam assembly in 61 constituencies on Monday saw 82.02 percent of the over one crore voters casting their ballot, on a day that witnessed the death of a voter in a clash with security forces and injuries to many others in different places.
Polling officials estimate that the final poll percentage is likely to touch 85 percent as reports were still coming in from polling centres.
Balloting, which started at 7 a.m., saw incidents of violence in some areas.
Chief Electoral Officer Vijayendran said 82.02 percent polling has been recorded so far but the percentage was likely to increase further to 85 percent.
He said a total of 191 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were replaced in different polling stations due to their malfunctioning.
A total of 1,04,35,277 voters were eligible to cast their ballot in the second phase. Of these, 50,440,51 voters were women and 22 from the third gender.
There were 525 candidates in the fray -- 48 of them women. Voting took place in 12,699 polling stations across the state.
The first phase of polling for 65 constituencies took place on April 4 which remained peaceful and recorded 83.20 percent turnout.
Guwahati, April 4: Thirty candidates have criminal charges against them, including a minister and five sitting MLAs, out of the 539 contestants in 65 constituencies going to polls in the first phase in Assam.
Altogether 25 candidates have cited serious criminal cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc. in their affidavits submitted while filing their nominations, according to a report of the Association of Democratic Reforms based on the affidavits filed by the candidates.
Industries and Commerce Minister Siddeque Ahmed contesting to retain his Karimganj (South) seat in Barak Valley has charges of cheating related to property and criminal conspiracy under Sections 120B and 420 of IPC.
Congress legislators Rumi Nath from Borkhola along with other sitting party MLAs Debabrata Saikia, son of former Chief Minister late Hiteswar Saikia, from Nazira, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha from Karimganj (North) and Jamaluddin Ahmed from Badarpur have also mentioned cases pending against them.
Eight out of the 65 candidates from Congress, three out of 54 candidates from BJP, three out of 27 candidates from AIUDF, one out of ten candidates fielded by CPI(M), one out of six candidates from CPI(ML)(L) and 14 out of 280 candidates in fray have mentioned criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
Three constituencies in Barak Valley - Karimganj (North), Sonai and Hailakandi - have been declared red alert constituencies by the Election Commission with three or more candidates having declared criminal charges against them, according to the report.
Karimganj (North) and Sonai have four candidates with criminal charges against them while Hailakandi has three candidates with cases against them, the report said.
Among serious criminal charges, two candidates have declared cases related to murder and they include former ULFA militant and BJP candidate Kushal Dowari from Thowra constituency and independent Janardan Hazarika from Amguri constituency. Both referred charges related to murder pending against them under section 302 of IPC, the report said.
Duwari, former independent MLA from Thowra, also declared a charge related to attempt to murder under section 307 of IPC.
An independent candidate Ibungobi Singha from Sonai constituency in Barak Valley has declared a charge related to assault or criminal force to women with intent to outrage her modesty under section 354 of IPC.
An independent Abdul Ahad Choudhury from Karimganj (North) has declared a charge related to kidnapping for ransom under section 364A of IPC. PTI DG SUS DIP.
Guwahati, April 4: Out of the 539 candidates contesting the first phase of assembly polls in Assam, 112 are crorepatis and at least 20 of them have assets worth over Rs.5 crore each, an analysis has revealed.
There are two candidates in the list, who have zero assets, Assam Election Watch (AEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said.
As many as 36 candidates out of the total 65 fielded by the Congress, and 23 of the BJP out of the 54 in the fray are crorepatis (millionaires).
The AGP's list of candidates includes seven crorepatis, followed by two crorepatis each of the NCP and Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF). Among the 280 independent candidates, 26 are crorepatis.
The analysis was done on the basis of the self-sworn affidavits of the candidates.
Sixty five (65) constituencies of the total 126 are going to polls in the first phase on April 4. The rest 61 will go to polls in the second phase on April 11.
"While 20 candidates have assets worth over Rs.5 crore, there are 46 who own assets worth between Rs.2 crore and Rs.5 crore," said Tasaduk Ariful Hussain of AEW.
Independent candidate from Sootea constituency, Jyoti Subba, has the highest assets of Rs.2,88,11,84,362.00 so far.
"The wife of former Congress leader and former Lok Sabha member Mani Kumar Subba, Jyoti has movable assets worth Rs.1,41,41,30,990.00 and immovable assets worth Rs.1,46,70,53,372.00," Mr Hussain said.
AGP candidate from Naharkatia constituency Naren Sonowal is the second richest candidate in the list so far with assets of Rs.33,94,60,623.00.
"With assets worth Rs.25,00,99,788.00, Congress candidate for Algapur constituency Rahul Roy is the third richest candidate so far in the list," said Mr Hussain. Rahul Roy is the son of veteran Congress leader Gautam Roy.
Mr Hussain said there were two candidates who declared zero assets in their sworn affidavits -- CPI-ML-L's Jiten Tanti from Teok constituency, and independent candidate Diganta Phukan from Mariani.