Stakes high for BJP, AGP in first phase of Assam polls today; CM Sonowal in fray

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Published: March 27,2021 09:14 AM
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The stakes for BJP and its ally AGP are high in Assam where 47 seats of 126 Assembly constituencies across 34 districts have gone for polling to the of the three-phase elections on Saturday.

March 27, 2021: The stakes for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are high in Assam where 47 seats of 126 Assembly constituencies across 34 districts have gone for polling to the first of the three-phase elections on Saturday.



Polling began at 7 am today in 47 constituencies across 12 districts in Assam where the ruling BJP and Congress-AIUDF alliance are locked in a direct electoral contest.



In the first phase, a total of 264 candidates are in the fray on the 47 seats — 42 from 11 districts of the Upper and northern region of the state and five seats from central Assam's Nagaon district.



The ruling BJP, who had wrestled power from the Congress in 2016 after a 15-year rule, is seeking a second term with the help of the AGP and the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL).



The Congress-led United People's Alliance (UPA) 'Mahajath' and United Regional Front (URF) led by activist Akhil Gogoi's Raijor Dal have posed as formidable opponents.



Over the last few days, several bigwigs and national leaders of the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, national party president JP Nadda, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, visited the state to campaign for the party.



In his rallies, Prime Minister Modi hit out at the Congress' 15-year rule and lauding the Sarbananda Sonowal government for developmental work in the last five years.



Several political heavyweights are in the fray in the first phase. Sonowal is seeking re-election from Majuli, a seat he wrested from Congress' Rajib Lochan Pegu in the 2016 Assembly elections. Pegu, who had won the seat for three straight terms since 2001, has again been fielded by Congress.



Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami is in the poll battle from Jorhat, ministers Ranjit Dutta from Behali, Naba Kumar Doley from Jonai and Sanjoy Kishan from Tinsukia.