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Congress leads in Assam panchayat polls

Posted on Feb 15, 02:27PM | IBNS

By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati, Feb 15 : The ruling Congress is likely to take command in major panchayats in Assam as the party is leading in more than 200 zila parishad seats, shows trends of panchayat poll results on Friday.

All the results are yet to be declared, but the ruling party has won 61 seats of the zila parishad, followed by AIUDF, AGP, BJP, officials said. Congress is also leading in 140 seats.

"Apart from Congress, the main opposition party of the state AIUDF had won 24 zila parishad seta, AGP has won eight and BJP, four," an official of state election commission said.

The anchalik parishad (AP) and gaon panchayat (GP) president and gaon panchayat (GP) member trends are also favouring the Congress at the moment.

"The counting is still on and the all the results of zila parishad members, AP members, GP president and GP members will be declared on Friday evening," the state election commission official said.

A total of 93,261 candidates of various parties had contested and 1,27,56,804 voters exercised their franchise in the panchayat poll, which was held in three phases on January 30, February 6 and February 12.

The third phase of polls were marked by large-scale of violence in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council areas in Goalpara district, where at least 20 people were killed and 70 others were injured.