Assam Election 2021 Phase 2 Polling News Updates: Around 77.93 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm in phase-2 polls of Assam today. The state had recorded around 77 per cent polling in Phase-I and the phase-2 turnout was on the lines with the previous turnout. Both the BJP and Congress have claimed to benefit from the high-voter turnout.
There are 345 candidates (Read: Key candidates in Phase-2), including 26 women, in fray for the phase-2 polls. Total 175 candidates are fighting the phase two elections from 15 seats in the three districts of Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar. Algapur has the highest 19 candidates. The elections was being held amid tight security with 310 companies of forces being deployed for the second phase.
The Congress today claimed that its Mahajot candidate from Tamulpur constituency is missing and it asked the ruling BJP to answer about his whereabout. “Congress-led Mahajot candidate from Tamulpur constituency, Rangja Basumatary of Bodoland People’s Front was made to disappear. It’s Assam government and BJP’s responsibility to answer where he is. We demand from the Election Commission that a probe should be done in this matter,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari in Guwahati.
In another development, the Election Commission today issued a notice to Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his alleged remark of misusing NIA against Congress candidate. The commission asked Sarma for submit an explanation by 2nd April over his statement at a rally in which he had ‘openly threatened Hagrama Mohilary, Bodoland People’s Front Chairperson and INC ally of sending him to jail by misusing Central Agencies like NIA’. The Congress has approached the EC against his statement.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Kokrajhar in Assam. He said that the BJP is set for a grand victory in Phase-I polls. The PM said that the NDA government is working for welfare of Assam with the mantra of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas sabka vishwas’. “People of Assam have given blessings to NDA in 1st phase of polling. In the 1st phase, Assam has put a stamp on grand victory of NDA,” he said. He said that people have shown a Red Card to Congress in the state. “Football is very popular among youth here. If I’ve to speak in their language, I would say that the people have yet again shown a Red Card to Congress and its Mahajot. People of Assam trust NDA for development, peace, security of the state. This is an election between the ‘maha jhooth’ of Mahajot and ‘maha vikas’ of Double Engine,” said PM Modi.