overcomes Ulfa fears

overcomes Ulfa fears

 Assam, in the past, came under a pall of fear on the “raising day” of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) in anticipation of subversive acts by the outfit but on Monday, people came out in droves to cast votes, even in the erstwhile hubs of the rebel outfit.

Only incidents reported were some minor scuffles and clashes between supporters of different political parties.

The Ulfa in the past always called upon people of Assam to boycott all “Indian Elections”. But none of its two factions issued any such diktat this time. The “pro-talk faction”, however, expelled one of its leaders, after he entered the electoral fray as an independent in Kokrajhar, a constituency in western Assam where polling would take place on April 24.

The Congress, which has been in power in Assam since 2001, is facing challenges from Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party in five constituencies that went to polls on Monday. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi is contesting in the family pocket-borough Kaliabor against Arun Sharma of the AGP and Mrinal Saikia of the BJP.

In Assam, 8,588 polling stations were set up for 64,41,634 voters in the six constituencies, which also have 10,655 service voters.  

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