Guwahati: After a high-decibel campaign by all major political parties in Assam to woo voter in the 40 constituencies of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), the region has now geared up for the first phase of the 2020 council elections to take place on Monday.
Among the 40 constituencies spread across Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri districts, 10 constituencies in Udalguri and 11 in Baksa will go to polls in the first phase, in which 132 candidates are in the fray.
A total of 23,82,036 voters, including 11,79,020 women will exercise their franchise in the two phases of the polls of the local council, which was formed in 2003 and elections are being held since 2005.
The polling and presiding officers started to move to their respective booth since Sunday morning. The elections will be conducted maintaining full COVID-19 protocols.
Elaborate security arrangements have also been made to ensure peaceful and fair elections. However, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Sunday morning visited Udalguri in Bodoland Territorial Region to take stock of the security arrangements one day ahead of the BTC elections.
The DGP has also warned that there will be zero tolerance against any kind of violence adding that anyone found indulging in any kind of subversive activities or trying to disturb peace and tranquillity will be firmly dealt with.
Tracing the past records of elections in the region, BTR has a history of violence in the area. The region is one of the most afflicted zones of South Asia, therefore, the elections in the province possess great significance.
Fearing violence in this election, Kokrajhar MP and chief of Gana Surakha Party (GSP), Naba Kumar Sarania and president of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) Pramod Boro has already asked the eco and state police to keep strict vigilance on the stay incidents.
Meanwhile, huge cache of arms and ammunition were being continuously recovered by police from various parts of the BTC areas, over the last couple of days, and no arrests has been made so far in connection with the cases.