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Voting Underway In First Phase Of Bodo Territorial Council Polls In Assam

Counting for each the phases will likely be held on December 12 at eight am.


Polling for the 40-member Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) started on Monday morning within the first section, with election officers and solely a piece of voters adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

Until 11.30 pm, 34 per cent votes have been solid out of a complete of 13,64,018 electors, who will determine the destiny of 130 candidates for 21 constituencies unfold throughout Udalguri and Baksa districts.

An official of the Assam State Election Fee (ASEC) stated voting by means of paper poll began from 7:30 am and can proceed until 4:30 pm at 1,739 polling stations.

Security protocols like sporting masks, sustaining social distancing contained in the sales space and frequent sanitisation are largely being {followed}, although many citizens have been seen flouting the norms by not sporting face covers and huddling in teams.

Even senior leaders like BJP’s Biswajit Daimary, who lately resigned from Rajya Sabha and shifted sides from the BPF, and another candidates reportedly solid their votes with out sporting masks.

A number of roadside outlets and eateries adorned a festive look, as individuals thronged in giant numbers, caring treasured little about well being norms.

The second section of polling for 19 constituencies will happen on December 10, when 10,23,404 voters will determine the way forward for 111 candidates by exercising their franchise throughout 1,407 polling stations in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.

Counting for each the phases will likely be held on December 12 at eight am.

Out of the full 3,164 polling cubicles, the authorities have marked 606 as very delicate and 1,266 as delicate, and put in place tight safety measures, an ASEC official stated.


A complete of 23,87,422 electors will vote to elect their representatives for the native council, shaped in 2003 and elections being held since 2005.

The BTC election was scheduled on April 4, however it was postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subsequently, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi assumed administration of the council on the expiry of its five-year time period on April 27.

Within the keenly-followed contest, Hagrama Mohilary-led ruling Bodoland Folks’s Entrance (BPF) is making an attempt laborious to save lots of its 15-year-old BTC authorities, whereas state ally BJP is vying to dethrone its associate from the Bodoland Territorial Area (BTR).

The BJP and BPF are contesting individually and the events have been engaged in a bitter marketing campaign, as leaders of either side exchanged unparliamentary phrases.

BJP is operating its first state authorities in Assam in alliance with the BPF and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

United Folks’s Celebration Liberal (UPPL) is one other robust outfit, with its supremo Pramod Boro, who joined the celebration from the All Bodo College students Union (ABSU), touted to be a powerful contender for the put up of Chief  Govt Member, the top of BTC.

Different events just like the Gana Suraksha Celebration (GSP), Congress-AIUDF alliance and scores of unbiased candidates are additionally within the fray.

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