47 women candidates in fray for second phase Assam polls
A higher number of women candidates are in the fray for the second phase of Assam polls in 64 assembly seats with 47 candidates in the electoral race.
Guwahati: A higher number of women candidates are in the fray for the second phase of Assam polls in 64 assembly seats with 47 candidates in the electoral race.
Thirty-eight women had contested from 62 assembly constituencies on April 4.
In the second phase of polls slated for April 11, six sitting MLAs, including state Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, have been renominated by their respective parties.
The ruling Congress and the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) have the highest number of ten contestants each while the ruling party`s coalition partner Bodoland Peoples` Front (BPF) has four contestants, including two sitting MLAs, in the fray.
Regional party AGP has four candidates while the BJP, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Janata Dal (United) and the NCP have two candidates each. The SUCI(C) with three candidates and the All India Minority Front (AIMF) with a lone candidate along with eight independents are also in the fray.
The sitting MLAs in the fray are Minister Pramila Rani Brahma from Kokrajhar (East) ST constituency and Kamali Basumatary, both from BPF, Congress`s Dr Malaya Barman from Patacharkuchi, Uttara Kalita from Kamalpur and Junjunali Baruah from Marigaon and AGP`s Alaka Sarma from Nalbari.
Among the 47 candidates in the fray, 36 belong to the general category, three to the Scheduled Castes and eight to the Scheduled Tribes.
In the first phase, among the 38 candidates in the fray, 26 belonged to General category, four to the Scheduled castes and eight to the Scheduled Tribe.
Bilasipara (East) in Dhubri district and Nalbari have three candidates each while Kokrajhar (East), Bongaigaon, Palasbari, Kamalpur, Gauhati (West), Panery, Samaguri and Lumding have two candidates each in the fray.
There are four candidates in the age group of 60s with the oldest being 62-years old Shefali Dey of Congress and Uma Bhowmik of TMC, both contesting from Lumding while the youngest was 29-year old Anju Monowara Begum of BPF from Abhayapuri (North).