Lok Sabha elections in Assam: Top contenders in the second phase
GUWAHATI: With the completion of first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the state is gearing up for the second phase of polling with five constituencies (Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous district, Mangaldoi and Nowgong) set to go to polls on April 18.
Among the 14 Lok Sabha seats of Assam, five constituencies (Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur) went to polls in the first phase on April 11 and the remaining four constituencies (Gauhati, Barpeta, Dhubri and Kokrajhar) will be voting on April 23.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the fight is expected to be between the Indian National Congress (INC) and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which won an unprecedented seven seats in the last Lok Sabha elections. The BJP is contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Assam in alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). The BJP will contest in 10 Lok Sabha seats leaving the AGP three seats (Kaliabor, Barpeta and Dhubri) and one seat to the BPF (Kokrajhar).
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by perfume baron Badaruddin Ajmal is another strong contender from three constituencies namely Barpeta, Dhubri and Karimganj.
The filing of nomination for the second phase of the election ended on March 26, and the withdrawal of nominations after scrutiny ended on March 29.
Here’s a list of the top contenders in Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous district, Mangaldoi and Nowgong constituencies that are scheduled to go to polls on April 18.