Assam Panchayat Polls | Campaigns start for second phase

Guwahati, December 6: As the first phase of Panchayat Polls ended on December 5, the state political parties are gearing up to campaign for the second phase of the elections in various parts of the state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will take part in the second phase campaigning at Hojai, Goalpara and Chapar including various parts of the state. Similarly, several Congress party MLAs and ministers are out and about for the campaigning for the forthcoming second phase which will be held on December 9.

The first phase of the panchayat elections were held at 16 districts.

It may be mentioned that the two-phase Panchayat elections would be the first major test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the party is facing stiff opposition from its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

There are 2,200 Gaon panchayats in Assam. Re-polling will take place on December 7 and December 11.