Guwahati, April 23, 2019
Congress candidate for Gauhati Lok Sabha seat, Bobbeeta Sharma on April 23rd 2019 once again reiterated that her party will scrap the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which rocked the region, if voted to power.
“Amit Shah has time and again said that the BJP is determined to pass the Bill despite knowing that it is against the greater interest of the people of Assam. We have been fighting against the Bill and will continue to do so. For the sake of the Bill, the public should support Congress,” said Sharma after casting her vote at a polling station in Bamunimaidam.
On being asked about the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) glitches at several polling booths including parts of Guwahati, Sharma said, “I have been informed regarding this and have asked our concerned officials to get more information. We urge the government to be non-biased and ensure fair polling.”
Polls were being held across 9,577 polling centres in the Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Dhubri constituencies on April 23rd, 2019. A total of 74,77,062 eligible voters including 36,61,570 females and 157 third gender voters will seal the fate of 54 candidates. Seventeen candidates are in the fray for Guwahati, 15 for Dhubri, 13 for Barpeta and nine for Kokrajhar.
An estimated 71.47 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Assam in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls till 5 pm, which is being held in four seats on April 23rd, 2019.