GUWAHATI: Campaigning for the second part of Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) elections in Assam, to 19 seats on December 10, ended on Tuesday night.
BJP’s North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Convenor and state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma led a high-decibel marketing campaign coupled with dozens of motorcycle rallies, padyatras and public conferences for over a month.
Different high leaders, together with Bodoland Individuals’s Entrance (BPF)’s Hagrama Mohilary and United Individuals’s Celebration Liberal (UPPL)’s Pramod Boro, too led a high-pitched marketing campaign for the 19 constituencies unfold throughout Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.
After 430 km bike rally, 70 km Pad Jatra & 40 Public Conferences, I conclude my election marketing campaign for BTC as we gleefully sing আকৌ এবাৰ মোদী চৰকাৰ in #Kokrajhar.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 8, 2020
Within the second part of polling, 10,23,404 voters will determine the way forward for 111 candidates by exercising their franchise throughout 1,407 polling stations in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts.
The much-awaited voting for the BTC started on Monday with over 77.01 per cent voters exercising their franchise within the first part of polling for 21 seats in Udalguri and Baksa districts, the place 130 candidates have contested.
The counting for each the phases will probably be held on December 12.
Out of the entire 3,164 polling cubicles, the authorities have marked 606 as very delicate and 1,266 as delicate, and organized tight safety measures in these, an ASEC official mentioned.
The BTC was shaped in 2003 and elections are being held since 2005.
The election to the 40-member BTC was scheduled on April 4, however it was postponed indefinitely as a result of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Subsequently, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi assumed administration of the Council on expiry of its five-year time period on Apr 27, 2020. Hagrama of the BPF led the marketing campaign for his celebration, which is ruling the BTC since 2005 whereas its state ally BJP is pulling all gears to dethrone the BPF from the Bodoland Territorial Area (BTR). (PTI)