Amid massive security arrangement, voting is underway in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency on Monday. The voting will take from 7 in the morning at 1,772 booths to decide on the fate of nine candidate.
Altogether 12,53,132 voters are deciding on the fate of nine candidates in the constituency where the authorities have deployed 2,310 presiding and first polling officers to ensure free and fair polls.
AGP leader Joseph Toppo is seeking re-election. Congress candidate Bhupen Bora is facing a tough contest with BJP candidate Ram Prasad Sarma.
Mani Kumar Subba, who is undergoing treatment of cardiac ailment is contesting as an independent candidate after the Congress denied ticket to the three times MP from Tezpur.The counting will take place on May 16.
Bodoland Peoples Front(BPF) president Hagrama Mohilary,who is also BTC chief has been claimed forming of BJP led alliance government in Assam on the blessing irrespectives of cast,creed and languages voting in favour of alliance parties in the assembly polls.
Mohilary,along with family members cast his vote at Debargaon Higher Secondary School polling centre this morning on the second phase Assam assembly polls for 61 constituencies of 126 member House.The Bodoland Peoples Front(BPF),an alloy of BJP led alliance is contesting 10 seats in the second phase polls,being held today in lower Assam region.
Mohilary has claimed forming of the BJP-BPF-AGP alliance in the state with scoring 100% scoring result of his party in BTAD region.The ruling Congress party would be rooted from government,because all sections of communities are supporting the BJP-BPF-AGP alliance party in both phases of the assembly polls.
Hagrama Mohilary, BPF president said,'BPF party is winning in all 13 contesting seats all over the BTAD region,besides the BJP-BPF-AGP alliance party is forming government at Dispur by winning over 70 seats in both phases.The second phase Assam assembly election is being held all over the middle Assam,lower Assam region today,the BJP led alliance party is winning in majority seats in the second phase polls.
'My party is getting strong mass support among common citizens in the state.There is no possibility of winning large number of seats from Congress,AIUDF,UPP parties in the polls', he added.
A police constable was injured on Thursday after he tried to commit suicide with his service revolver in Jorhat. The incident took place at Bogamukh when 32-year-old policeman, Padma Saikia, shot himself early in the morning morning while on duty. Later, a critically injured Saikia was admitted to Jorhat Medical College Hospital. The reason behind the suicide bid is yet to be ascertained.
On January 9, on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, PM Manmohan Singh expressed the hope that Indians living abroad would be able to vote in the next general elections. Responding to the frequent plea for voting rights to non-resident Indians, most recently made by members of his global advisory council for overseas Indians, Dr. Singh termed the desire legitimate.
He said of the ongoing work on this issue and sincerely hoped that non-resident Indians will get a chance to vote by the time of the next regular general elections. In fact, he assured to go a step further and asked why more overseas Indians should not return home to join politics and public life as they are increasingly doing in business and academia.
The Government of Assam can work on similar lines. Voting provisions for non-resident Assamese should be made available. Not only to those who stay abroad, the Assamese staying in different parts of the country should be provided provisions to vote in elections with the use of Information Technology. In this era of Internet, when the world is inter-connected, voting through a website especially designed and equipped for non-resident Assamese votes should be launched during election times. As it is, the illegal migrant vote-bank is increasing by leaps and bounds in Assam. On the other hand, the number of voters in the middle-class section of the society is dwindling. Numerous youths of thousands of Assamese families are working in different cities of the country or studying (necessarily or unnecessarily) in Delhi, Bangalore etc. That way, a huge chunk of voters is wasted. This resource should not be wasted and the state government should tap and channelize it through Information Technology.
Also, hundreds and thousands of students and professionals who migrate to the city of Guwahati from their home towns and villages in Assam donot travel to their respective homes to vote on the day of election. Not that they don’t want to cast their vote, but because of a single day holiday, it is not feasible to take a leave of three days (to and fro and the day of election included). The government should chalk out means to rope in the votes of the literate and educated section of the society who are on the move owing to work or study.