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Assam all set for final phase polling today
Published on 11 Apr. 2011 1:06 AM IST
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G U WA H AT I , A P R 1 0 : More than a month of the pre-poll slanging match between the ruling Congress and the opposition in Assam will end on Monday when the second and final phase of assembly elections will be held in 64 of its 126 constituencies. “We are ready for the second phase of elections and we hope it will be peaceful like the first phase,” an election official said on Saturday. As many as 496 candidates are in the fray for the second phase of polling spread over 14 Assam districts. The first phase April 11 sealed the fate of 485 candidates with an estimated 73 percent polling recorded in 62 assembly seats. The results will be declared on May 13. More than 40,000 police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in various places, with authorities not taking any chance despite a general lull on the insurgency front. “We are hopeful of a peaceful election. All measures are being taken to ensure that militants and other elements do not sabotage the poll process,” a senior police official said. Among the prominent candidates whose fate would be sealed Monday are Chandra Mohan Patowary, president of the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), two time former chief minister and AGP senior Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Congress ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rockybul Hussain, besides at least 41 women candidates. “Of the 62 seats in the first phase, we would get at least 40. Overall we expect to form the government for the third straight term,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told IANS.

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