Guwahati, April 5: The third and final phase of Assam Assembly elections to be held across 40 constituencies amid tight security and strict COVID-19 protocols tomorrow will witness contest among total 337 candidates.
Among the candidates are 20 sitting MLAs, including eight from the Congress, five from the BJP, three each from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) and one from Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
Apart from BJP key strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is eyeing his fifth triumph from his stronghold, Jalukbari LAC, other important candidates in the fray are Chandra Mohan Patowary (Dharmapur), Siddhartha Bhattacharya (Gauhati East), Assam BJP state president, Ranjeet Kumar Dass (Patacharkuchi), AGP’s Phani Bhushan Choudhury (Bongaigaon), Bodoland People’s Front’s (BPF) Pramila Rani Brahma (Kokrajhar East) and Gana Suraksha Party chief and Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarania (Barama).
The ruling BJP is contesting 20 constituencies in the third phase while its allies, AGP and the Pramod Boro-led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) are contesting 12 and eight seats respectively.
The Opposition Congress is contesting 23 seats, while its partner, AIUDF is contesting in 12 while two other allies, BPF and CPI (M) are contesting in eight and one seat respectively.
A friendly contest will be witnessed between AIUDF and Congress in four seats.
Newly-floated regional party, the Lurinjyoti Gogoi-led Assam Jatiya Parishad is contesting 22 seats.
A total of 79, 19,641 electors, including 40, 11,539 males, 39, 07,963 females and 139 voters of the third gender are eligible to exercise their franchise in the third phase. The election department has arranged 11,401 polling stations in the third phase.
Security has been beefed up with as many as 320 companies deployed in the state. There will be one constable and one home guard manning each polling station apart from sector and zonal officers monitoring proceedings.