By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati, Apr 11 IBNS | 7 months ago

Total 37 candidates of three Lok Sabha constituencies are in fray in the fourth phase polls in Assam (Second) on April 12, where campaigning came to an end on Thursday afternoon. Candidates of the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Samajwadi Party (SP), Shiv Sena, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) are contesting in the three seats in Karimganj (SC), Silchar and Autonomous District (ST). An electorate of 29,26,762 including 14,00,594 women will exercise their franchise at 3,698 polling stations for the fourth phase polls. Among the 37 candidates, present Member of Parliament of Karimganj (SC) constituency Kabindra Purkayastha, Krishna Das, Jairam Engleng are contesting for BJP, where present MP Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya, Biren Singh Engti, Sushmita Dev are also in fray for Congress. In the other hand, Rabindra Nath Choudhury and Bijoy Krishna Nath are contesting for AGP. Security measures have been tightened with additional forces deployed at each polling station. Pertinently, militants had attacked polling officials in Karbi Anglong district under Autonomous District (ST) constituency during the indefinite bandh called by two Karbi militant groups Karbi National Liberation Army (KNLA) and Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPLT) from April 8. On April 10 evening, suspected militants had targeted BJP's members and supporters at Baithalangsoo area in which suspected militants fired on several vehicles.

(Posted on 11-04-2014)

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