Assam Election 2021 LIVE Updates: 72.14% polling reported till 6 pm as polling comes to close

Assam Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Poling in the first phase of Assam Assembly election was extended till 6 pm due to COVID-19; voting will close once those who arrived at polling stations before 6 pm cast their vote

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Assam Election 2021 LIVE Updates: 72.14% polling reported till 6 pm as polling comes to close

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Mar 27, 2021 - 18:50 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election LATEST Updates

Congress spearheaded propaganda against BJP in Assam, says Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said a lot of misgivings and doubts have been spread by the Congress to "poison" the minds of the people of Assam and the entire northeastern region against the BJP, but these were countered well by the saffron party.

He said seven years ago, the Congress had spread the propaganda that if the BJP comes to power in any of the northeastern states, it will start interfering with people's food habits and lifestyle, but "we have painstakingly intermingled with the people and identified with them to convince them that BJP was an organisation which treated all sections of society equally, without any bias or discrimination".

"Even recently, a notion had been spread by Congress party about the imagined hardships and sufferings that people would have to face if  CAA was brought in. But in the last two years, the people realised that this was all propaganda against the BJP government and nothing of that sort happened," the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office said.

On the contrary, he said, during the COVID pandemic, the BJP government and the BJP karyakartas worked in close coordination with each other and today the successful COVID management in Assam is being cited as an example in other parts of the country.

"We have worked day and night over the last seven years to win people's trust and to clear all the doubts and misgivings about us. Congress spearheaded propaganda against BJP but we countered it and people believed in our commitment towards their welfare," Singh said.

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Mar 27, 2021 - 18:42 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election LATEST Updates

Disappointing to see politicians not following COVID rules during campaigning

Prashanta Boruah, an elderly voter of Tezpur, told PTI that the Election Commission and the administration have taken measures to ensure implementation of the mandated COVID protocols and people are sincerely abiding by them while exercising their franchise.

"It is, therefore, disheartening to note that politicians and their supporters throw all caution to the wind during campaigning. They are seen without masks and observing no social distancing," he said.

The administration should be strict in ensuring that all precautions are taken during political rallies, meetings and roadshows, Boruah added.

"Wearing of masks by voters has been made mandatory or those coming without one will be provided with a mask at the polling station," Assam's Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said.

Sanitiser, thermal scanner, soap and hand washing facilities are a part of the 'assured minimum facilities' in each polling stations across Assam, Khade said.

-- PTI

Mar 27, 2021 - 18:22 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election LATEST Updates

Over 72% polling in Assam till 6 pm

As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 72.14  percent till 6 pm. Biswanath district reported the highest turnout at 77.16 percent followed by Charaideo district at 73.29 percent. Dhansiri had reported the lowest at 70.76 percent.

Among the 47 Assembly constituencies, Rupohihat reported the highest turnout at 83 percent, whereas the lowest turnout was seen in Nazira at 64 percent.

These figures, however, could change once the EC updates the latest data.

Mar 27, 2021 - 17:45 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election LATEST Updates

Entrepreneurship gaining pace among Assam youth, but lack of support makes choice difficult

Staying connected to the roots, many entrepreneurs in Assam have risen by identifying local needs and products, but lack of funding and operational training as well as fewer buyer-seller meeting platforms remain major obstacles. Read our special report on what Assam's young entrepreneurs want from whoever forms the next government in the norhteastern state.

Mar 27, 2021 - 17:32 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election LATEST Updates

66.02%voter turnout reported in Assam till 5 pm

As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 66.02 percent till 5 pm. Nagaon recorded the highest voting percentage at 79.83 percent while Nazaira saw the lowest at 64 percent

 
Mar 27, 2021 - 17:13 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Sarbananda Sonowal campaigns in Barhampur phase as his own constituency goes to poll

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is addressing a rally in Barhampur today to seek votes for BJP candidate Jitu Goswami. Meanwhile, his own constituency, Majuli is polling today.  He faces Rajib Lochan Pegu of Congress and Sishudhar Doley of AJP there. 

Sonowal had won the 2016 Assembly elections beating his nearest rival, Pegu, with a margin of 18,923 votes. 

 

Mar 27, 2021 - 16:33 (IST)

37 out of 45 seats in phase 1 lie in tea belt

The 8 lakh-strong work force in 850 gardens of the State is seen as a formidable vote bank whose unstinted support the Congress had enjoyed for decades since independence. However, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP, with support of the RSS and its allied organisations, made inroads winning four of its seven seats from Assam in the tea-belt areas. 

The saffron party followed it up by winning 22 seats in the 2016 Assembly polls with its ally the AGP picking up four more. Subsequently the saffron party increased its tally in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to nine constituencies, retaining all the seats it had won in the earlier elections.

The Congress has made an all out effort to regain lost ground with its election campaign focusing on increasing the daily wages of tea garden workers to Rs 365 from an existing Rs 167, which appears to have caught the ruling BJP on the wrong foot placing them on the defensive. The voters' decision will be known on 2 May

In photo: Tea garden staff of Panitola TE relax after casting their vote at Panitola Tea Staff Club polling booth under Chabua LAC

Mar 27, 2021 - 15:26 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

51.4 percent polling recorded till 3 pm in Assam

Mar 27, 2021 - 15:15 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Meanwhile, campaign goes on in other parts of state

Mar 27, 2021 - 14:55 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

How to locate your polling station

The most basic unit of the electoral process in India is the polling station, where eligible citizens go to vote for their preferred candidate. To locate your polling station, voters may use the services of the Voter Helpline App developed by the Election Commission for this purpose.

Voters can also log on to the official website of the Election Commission — electoralsearch.in — to search for their polling station. Voters can access the page using this direct link.

The voter helpline number 1950 will also help voters locate polling station. You can call this number after adding the STD code (011 in this case) or get the details by sending an SMS to 1950 with <ECIP011> space <YourEPICNo>.

Assam Election 2021 LATEST Updates: As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 72.14  percent till 6 pm. Biswanath district reported the highest turnout at 77.16 percent followed by Charaideo district at 73.29 percent. Dhansiri had reported the lowest at 70.76 percent. These figures, however, could change once the EC updates the latest data.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is addressing a rally in Barhampur today to seek votes for BJP candidate Jitu Goswami. Meanwhile, his own constituency, Majuli is polling today. He faces Rajib Lochan Pegu of Congress and Sishudhar Doley of AJP there.

Sonowal had won the 2016 Assembly elections beating his nearest rival, Pegu, with a margin of 18,923 votes.

As per the mobile application Voter Turnout App, the overall voter turnout in Assam was recorded at 62.26 percent till 4 pm.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cast his vote in Dibrugarh, after offering prayers at a shrine. Meanwhile, Congress' Gaurav Gogoi cast his vote at a booth in Jorhat, where he expressed confidence that people will vote out "politics of lies and decit".

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked the people of Assam to vote for progress and "golden future" of state as polling began for the first phase of Assembly elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people in Assam to go out in large numbers and vote in the first phase of the Assembly elections.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a video appeal to the people of Assam ahead of the first round of voting for state elections tomorrow, urged them to "vote wisely" and vote for a government that upholds the constitution and democracy.

Assam is all set for the first phase of elections on Saturday. The state is likely to see a triangular contest between the ruling BJP-Asom Gana Parishad alliance, the Congress-led Grand Alliance and the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad in the first of the three-phased Assembly elections.

The ruling BJP is contesting in 39 seats while its alliance partner the AGP in ten seats, with the two parties, engaged in a friendly contest in Lakhimpur and Naharkatiya constituencies.

The Congress-led 'Grand Alliance' is contesting in all the seats, with the Congress putting up candidates in 43 constituencies and the AIUDF, CPI(ML-L), RJD and Anchalik Gana Morcha (contesting as an independent) in one seat each. The newly formed AJP is contesting in 41 seats while there are 78 independents which include 19 independents of anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi's Raijor Dal.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's fate will be decided in this phase from Majuli (ST) constituency where he is locked in a direct contest with three-time former Congress MLA and former minister Rajib Lochan Pegu.

Speaker of the outgoing assembly Hitendranath Goswami is also locked in a direct contest with former Congress MLA Rana Goswami. Another prominent constituency is Titabor, held by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for four consecutive terms, but with his death, it remains to be seen whether the
relatively little known candidate Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah can retain the seat for the party or the former AGP MLA Hemanta Kalita will wrest it in a direct contest.

BJP Ministers Ranjit Dutta (Behali), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakha), Jogen Mohan (Mahmora), Terash Gowala (Duliajan)  and Sanjoy Kishan (Tinsukia) are all locked in a triangular contest with Congress or its alliance partners and the AJP.

AGP Ministers Atul Bora from Bokakhat and Keshab Mahanta from Kaliabor are also engaged in triangular contests. Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia (Nazira) and the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Borah (Gohpur) are engaged in direct contests with their BJP opponents Mayur Borgohain and Utpal Borah, respectively.

Jailed anti-CAA activist and Raijor Dal founder Akhil Gogoi is contesting from Sivasagar as an independent and is engaged in a triangular contest with BJP's Surabhi Rajkonwar and Congress's Subhramitra Gogoi. AJP President Lurinjyoti Gogoi is contesting from Duliajan and Naharkatiya and is pitted against Congress and BJP in both the constituencies.

In Batadroba and Teok constituencies, there is a direct contest between two women contestants in each with sitting BJP MLA Angoorlata Deka contesting against Congress' Sibamoni Bora in the former and sitting AGP MLA and former deputy speaker Renupama Rajkhowa contesting against Pallabi Gogoi of Congress.

Poll date and timing 

In the fray for the 47 constituencies going to polls on Saturday, are some 264 candidates, including 23 women, amid strict security and COVID protocols. The stage is all set for the polls, beginning at 7 am and ending at 6 pm, with the timing extended by an hour to ensure that COVID protocols are maintained. Central security forces have been deployed for the first phase to prevent any untoward law and order situations.

The 47 constituencies are spread across 12 districts of Upper Assam and the Northern Bank of the Brahmaputra.

Voter details

An electorate of 81,09,815, including 40,77,210 male, 40,32,481 female, 124 of the third gender and nine overseas voters, will exercise their franchise in 11,537 polling stations, which include 1,917 Auxiliary polling stations, created to maintain COVID protocols and spread over 6,433 locations.

There are 479 polling stations manned by women officials exclusively. Special measures have been taken for People with Disabilities (PwD) including wheelchairs in every polling station and e-rickshaws for facilitating such voters.

In the first phase, webcasting will be arranged in 5,772 polling stations, identified as vulnerable, critical and sensitive polling stations, along with those having a large number of voters. In the first phase, Jonai (ST) constituency has the highest number of 3,11,660 voters while Thowra has the lowest number of voters at 1,15,364.

COVID-19 guidelines in effect for polling day

All voters have been urged to wear masks or they will be provided with one at the polling station, while COVID mitigation facilities like sanitisers, thermal scanners, soap and handwashing facilities will be a part of Assured Minimum Facilities in each polling stations across the state, Assam's Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said.

A distance of six feet between each voter while waiting to cast their vote must be maintained while each voter will be provided with plastic gloves for touching the EVMs, he said. Arrangements have also been made for the disposal of COVID waste.

With inputs from PTI

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