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5 LS seats go to polls in Assam in second phase

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The fate of 50 candidates of five Lok Sabha constituencies in will be decided in the second phase polling in on Thursday.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the five constituencies to ensure smooth conduct of polling, state Chief Electoral Officer said.

Altogether 170 companies of security forces of both the Centre and the state have been deployed for election duty in the five constituencies - Karimganj (SC), Silchar, (ST), Nowgong and Mangaldoi.

A total electorate of 69,10,592, including 33,55,95 women and 180 of the third gender, are able to exercise their franchise in 8,992 polling booths, Sahu told PTI.

Patrolling along the Indo-Bangla border in the two constituencies of Barak Valley, Karimganj (SC) and Silchar, have been intensified, police said.

Around 45,960 polling personnel have been deployed in the second phase.

Beside buses, the polling personnel are also using boats, bullock and horse carts to reach their designated polling stations.

The district election officers have also made special arrangements for people with disabilities and senior citizens, particularly those above the age of 80, Sahu said.

There are 137 polling stations with all-woman personnel and 84 model stations in the five constituencies.

Three sitting MPs - two of the and one AIUDF - and three MLAs are in the fray.

The Karimganj (SC) seat has the highest number of 14 candidates including sitting AIUDF Radheyshyam Biswas, MLA Kripanath Mallah and candidate

In neighbouring Silchar constituency, there are 13 candidates with sitting and All Mahila Congress being in a direct contest with nominee and MLA Rajdeep Roy.

In the (ST), five candidates are in the fray. Sitting three-time Congress is engaged in a fight with BJP's Horen Singh Bey.

There are seven candidates in Nowgong constituency. Former Congress is locked in a direct fight with BJP MLA Rupak Sarmah there.

Of the 11 contestants in Mangaldoi, the prominent ones include Congress' and of the BJP.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:35 IST
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