Elections in Assam are scheduled to be held in two phases. Polling for the first phase will be held on April 4. Second phase polling on April 11. Poll results will be declared on 19th May.
Assam's 13th legislative assembly is ruled by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi- led Indian National Congress. It has 126 assembly seats.
In 2011 assembly elections the Congress had a landslide victory winning 79 seats, AIUDF-18, BPF- 12, Asom Gana Parishad-9, BJP -5, and Independents-2 seats.
Let's take a look at the various statistics of the poll-bound state:
Important Dates for 2016 Assembly Elections :
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: March 11, 14
Last Date for Nominations: March 18, 21
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: March 19, 22
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: March 21, 26
Date of polling: April 4, 11
Tenure of present government ends on June 5, 2016
Results: May 19
Number of assembly constituencies: 126 [102-General, 8-Scheduled Caste, 16 -Scheduled Tribes]
Parliamentary Constituencies: 14
Ruling Party: Indian National Congress
Opposition Party: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)
Governor: Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya
Chief Electoral Officer: Shri Vijayendra
Total voters this year: 1.98 crore
Polling booths: 24,888
2011 Results (Party-wise): Major political parties that had contested in 2011 Assam assembly polls were Congress, AIUDF, BJP, BPF and AGP
Asom Gana Parishad-9
All India Trinamool Congress- 1
• For the upcoming elections BJP has entered into an alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), however news of infighting over seat-sharing has presented new challenges for both partners.
• Rebel BJP leaders have formed an outfit called Trinamool BJP and declared candidate names for 24 assembly seats which the BJP has assigned to the AGP.
• The BJP has promised that if elected it will deprive illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants of their voting rights, which accounts for 10 per cent of voters in the state. Assam houses the largest number of Muslims in India, with 34.4 per cent of the state population as per 2011 census.
• The Congress has put up huge hoardings of Kanhaiya Kumar, President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union in Guwahati depicting him in in jail. Kumar is likely to campaign for Left parties in Assam.