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Campaign for 2nd phase LS polls in State ends.

GUWAHATI (Apr 10, 2014) - An indefinite bandh called by a militant outfit in the Autonomous District (ST) along with last-minute canvassing in two constituencies of Karimganj (SC) and Silchar in the Barak Valley marked the end of a high profile campaigning today for three constituencies for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Assam on April 12.

The Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (KPLT) has called for an indefinite bandh since April 8 in the Karbi Anglong district under Autonomous District (ST), demanding immediate creation of a separate autonomous state.

Altogether 37 candidates are in the fray, with 17 in Silchar, 15 in Karimganj (SC) and five in Autonomous District.

Prominent candidates include three-time sitting BJP MP in Silchar Kabindra Purkayastha,two-time sitting Congress MP in Karimganj Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya, four-time Congress MP from Autonomous District Biren Singh Engti and Congress candidate from Silchar Susmita Dev, who is also the MLA from Silchar and daughter of former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev.

Among the other prominent candidates are BJP's Krishna Das in Karimganj and Joyram Engleng in Autonomous District, AIUDF's Radheshyam Biswas in Karimganj and Kutubuddin Ahmed Mazumder in Silchar, AGP's Rabindranath Choudhury in Karimganj and Bijoy Krishna Nath in Silchar and Samajwadi Party's Rinku Malakar in Karimganj and Rashid AhmedLaskar in Silchar.

A total electorate of 29,26,762, including 14,00,594 women, are expected to exercise their franchise at 3,698 polling booths in the three constituencies. Security has been tightened with helicopter surveillance from today to monitor movement of militants, while patrolling by security personnel has been intensified.

Altogether 49 companies of security forces have been deployed in the three constituencies with 20 in Silchar, 17 in the Autonomous District and 12 companies in Karimganj.


Courtesy: The Assam Tribune.