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Stiff contest in phase I KA assembly election
NPN (Correspondent )
Published on 10 Apr. 2011 11:51 PM IST
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DIPHU/ KOKRAJHAR, APR 10: After the first phase of election in Karbi Anglong (KA) district, speculation is running high as to who will win.
Commenting on the matter, Sanju Bora staff reporter of NE Television (News Channel) said “This is a healthy sign. Democracy is really unfolding here, stiff contest has taken place in all the five constituencies of the hills of Assam, opposition parties have not spared those in power, without a fight in every constituency, who ever wins will only cut a marginal difference”.
This time in Karbi Anglong, the overall poll percentage has been recorded at 73% with maximum polling in rural areas.
It is assumed that election may also effect the coming Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council election, so speculators have lots of point to ponder upon.
A rather disconcerting aspect on the rise here is the so called “Liver politics” or commonly referred as “Chiprang Rajniti”, leeway for serious mudslinging against leaders who are likely to fight the upcoming KAAC election and also ticket aspirants cannot be ruled out within the Congress party.
On the other hand, heavyweights of the opposition houses have their loyalty with some high profile and influential members of Congress, they can play a dubious role in selection of contenders for the upcoming Council election, they may in fact provide ticket to those persons whose credibility and popularity among party zealots are questionable.
Results of the assembly election will certainly generate a huge impact on the political arena in this hill district of Assam, if Congress makes a clean swipe in all the four MLA constituencies, or even manages to keep its citadel intact by wining three seats with the prospect of the opposition in total disarray here.
It is noteworthy to mention that ASDC, CPI (ML) has supported PAPA and preferred to file combined candidates in the state assembly election. This move will make sure whether or not ASDC and CPI (ML) are the ultimate forces which still determines the outcome of any election result here or on the contrary, both parties are mere spent force as projected by the Congress leaders in their buildup to the recently ended Assembly election.
2 die in Assam poll violence
In the first incident of poll-related violence on the eve of second phase of polling in Assam, two persons have been killed in Kokrajhar district.
Two supporters of minority-dominated All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Giasuddin Sheikh and Joyamuddin Sheikh were killed as they were hit by missiles from a rampaging mob after AIUDF President Badaruddin Ajmal failed to address a scheduled election rally, the police said.
Ajmal could not arrive as his helicopter failed to land due to a technical snag. Kokrajhar district is the headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), run by the Bodoland People’s Party (BPF), an ally of the ruling Congress which is pitted against the minority population where the AIUDF has base. Superintendent of Police P K Dutta said security has been tightened and the entire area has been brought under security cover. Dutta said while the district administration held talks with the Sarphang district authorities of Bhutan for cooperation in maintaining law and order, prohibitory orders under section 144 CRPC have been clamped in the area.

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