Assam Assembly Election 2016: First phase of polling sees 70 percent turnout

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves hand with other party leaders and candidates during an election rally in Lathima, Assam on Monday. PTI Photo

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi greets supporters during an election rally in Lathima, Assam on Monday. The first phase of the Assembly polls was conducted at 65 constituencies across the state. PTI Photo

Amguri: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Anjan Dutta along with his daughter and congress candidate from Amguri LAC Angkita Dutta and other family members after casting their votes in Amguri on Monday. PTI Photo

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Anjan Dutta along with his daughter and Congress candidate from Amguri LAC Angkita Dutta and other family members cast their votes in Amguri on Monday. "During the municipality election in Amguri town, I have visited almost every household. So they have seen me working and most of them have seen me growing up as well since 1991. So for them I am not Anjan Dutta's daughter, I am their daughter. So I don't think I have any of those (dynastic) problems," Angkita told Firstpost. PTI

Bokakhat: AGP President Atul Bora and AGP candidate shows his marked finger after casting vote during the first phase of Assam assembly polls in Bokakhat on Monday. PTI Photo

Asom Gana Parishad president Atul Bora cast his vote during the first phase of Assam assembly polls in Bokakhat on Monday. The AGP has struck an alliance with the BJP for the elections. PTI

Amguri: Voters wait in queues to cast their vote during 1st phase of Assam Assembly election, in Amguri in Sivasagar district of Assam on Monday. PTI Photo

Voters wait in queues to cast their vote during first phase of Assam Assembly election, in Amguri in Sivasagar district of Assam on Monday. The voter turnout in the state was around 70 percent. PTI Photo

Silchar: Women voters stand in queue at a polling booth to caste their vote during the first phase of the Assam assembly polls in Silchar on Monday. PTI Photo

Voters stand in queue at a polling booth to cast their vote in Silchar. The issue of Bangladeshi immigrants entering Assam is overshadowing all other issues in several constituencies in the state. PTI

Silchar: Voters stand in queue at a polling booth to caste their vote during the first phase of the Assam assembly polls in Silchar on Monday. PTI Photo

Voters stand in queue at a polling booth in Silchar. Silchar, along with Karimganj North and Karimganj South, has a close political association with the adjoining Left-ruled Tripura. The BJP has renominated for the Silchar constituency sitting legislator Dilip Kumar Paul who bagged the seat in 2014 by elections. PTI

Jorhat: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, son of Tarun Gogoi Chief Minister of Assam and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi castes his vote during the 1st phase of Assam state Assembly election 2016 at Jorhat in Assam on Monday. PTI Photo

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi and his father, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi cast their vote during the first phase at Jorhat. PTI

Jorhat: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi with his wife Dolly Gogoi showing their mark after casting vote for the first phase of Assam Assembly election, at Jorhat district of Assam on Monday. PTI Photo

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi with his wife Dolly Gogoi voted at Jorhat district of Assam on Monday. The CM is contesting against BJP's Kamakhya Prasad Tasa in a battle that election watchers are betting is going to be a bitter one. PTI