Campaigning gaining momentum in Asom
Guwahati, Mar 29 (UNI) Campaigning by different political parties is gaining momentum with the first phase of polls to the Asom Legislative Assembly on April 3 getting closer.
Over 1.74 crore electorates would exercise their franchise in 18718 polling booths throughout the state in two phases of polls to elect 126 representatives to the state Assembly among 988 aspirants.
The fate of 506 candidates would be decided in the first phase in 65 constituencies which goes to polls on April 3.
Over 92 lakhs electorates would exercise their franchise in the first phase.
482 aspirants would try their luck in the hustings in the second phase on April 10 in the remaining 61 constituencies having over 82 lakh electorate.
Though there are no fresh issues before the political parties this time in the state, insurgency, ULFA, Asom accord, infiltration, floods, irrigation and unemployment are some of the major issues hunting all political parties which figure in their respective election manifestos.
However, the Election Commission strictures on wall writtings and posters of the contesting candidates, have dampened the poll campaign this time.
Poll rallies and personal door-to-door compaigns have increased.
National political parties like BJP, CPI(M) and NCP have already started their campaigning with central leaders arriving on the electoral field.
BJP has fielded a battery of senior leaders like former deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, party president Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Promod Mahajan, filmstar-turned-politician Hema Malini and Smriti Irani.
The Congress has also roped in Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and senior minority leader A K Antoley to gain the support in favour of their party.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi are also coming to the state on the eve of the polls.
CPIM leader Brinda Karat and NCP leader P A Sangma visited the state to boost the moral of the voters.
Opposition AGP have brought leaders from Telegudesham to give boost to the regionalism in the polls.
TDP chief C B Naidu has already visited the state and likely to visit again.
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