Lok Sabha Phase II: In Assam’s Nagaon, It’ll Be An Interesting Battle Of Ballots

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Guwahati, April 16, 2019

As campaigning for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections comes to an end this evening (April 16th, 2019), the leaders of political parties have intensified their efforts to woo the voters.

Assam will go to Polls in the Second Phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18th, 2019. The polling will be held in five Lok Sabha Seats of Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Mangaldoi and Nagaon.

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If in the first phase, the spotlight was on Tezpur Lok Sabha seat, in the second phase, Nagaon Lok Sabha seat is creating the buzz. The seat is seen as a BJP stronghold. This year, the BJP will have a direct fight with the Congress as the All India United Democratic Front has decided not to contest the seat, giving a heads up for the Congress to woo the minority votes.

The ruling party has fielded sitting MLA Rupak Sarmah, replacing Rajen Gohain, the Union Minister of State for Railway who has represented Nagaon since 1999. Sarmah will fight against former Assam minister and senior Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi.

Muslim voters are also going to play the key role in the second phase and this Central Assam constituency where about 38 per cent of the voters are from religious minorities.

The assembly segments under Nagaon are: Jagiroad, Morigaon, Lahorighat, Raha, Nagaon, Barhampur, Jamunamukh, Hojai, Lumding.

The political top guns are leaving no stone unturned to campaign in the central Assam area of the parliamentary seat, Hojai district which constitutes a majority of voters belonging to the minority communities. The district has been playing a significant role in the elections with its three LACs.

Apart from Sarmah and Bordoloi, Zakir Hussain (Independent), Ajgar Ali (Purbanchal Janata Party Secular), Sukanta Mazumdar (Bharatiya Gana Parishad), Sohadeb Das (TMC) and Saiful Islam Choudhary (Asom Jana Morcha) are also in the fray for Nagaon seat. There are 17,74,467 voters in the constituency.