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Over 69 lakh voters to decide fate of 50 candidates in 2nd phase LS polls  in Assam

GUWAHATI: Total 6910592 electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase of Lok Sabha Election to be held in five Parliamentary Constituencies in Assam on Thursday.

The electors in the second phase included 3554469 males, 3355952 females and 180 Third Gender voters. The voters will decide fate of total 50 candidates including three women in the second phase in Assam.

Election will be held to Nowgong, Mangaldoi, Autonomous District, Silchar and Karimganj Parliamentary constituencies in this phase.

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Polling will be held in 8992 polling stations across the constituencies  under the watchful eyes of 35968 polling personnel. Total 169 companies of security personnel have been deployed across the five constituencies to conduct the election in the second phase.

The Election Commission has deployed 544 micro observers for the second phase polling in Assam besides 137 Flying Squad Teams and 105 Static  Surveillance Team.

Total Rs 12,05,64,901 in cash and 1,60,747.33 litres of liquors worth Rs 1,42, 43,620 were seized till April 17 in the run up to the second phase poling in Assam.

Karimganj Lok Sabha seat is now in the grab of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) while Congress is holding Silchar and Autonomous District Constituencies. Mangaldoi and Nowgong constituencies are now being held by the BJP.
There will be a three-cornered contest in Karimganj among AIUDF, Congress and the BJP in Karimganj while sitting Congress MP, Sushmita Dev is facing a tough challenge from BJP candidate Dr Rajdeep Roy in prestigious Silchar constituency.
The BJP has fielded one of its youth leaders, Dilip Kumar Saikia in Mangaldoi  instead of the sitting party MP, Ramen Deka.  Saikia fighting basically against Congress veteran Bhubaneswar Kalita.
In Nowgong, the BJP has fielded another youth leader, Rupak Sharma instead of the sitting MP and minister of state for railway Rajen Gohain.  The BJP candidate’s closest rival is Congress candidate and former minister of Assam, Pradyut Bardoloi.

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