The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad and the Assam Tea Tribes Students` Association, to protest against yesterday`s police firing in Golaghat in which three persons were killed, paralysed normal life across the state.
AGP MLA and Lok Sabha candidate from Barpeta constituency Phani Bhusan Choudhury on Saturday claimed that the rally of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Bongaigaon district was a "flop show".
Lok Sabha polls 2014 kicked off on Monday with nearly six million people casting their vote in five constituencies in Assam and one of two seats in Tripura. The Election Commission in New Delhi said the voter turnout in Assam was approximately 78 percent while in Tripura it was 85 percent.
A high turnout of 85 percent was recorded for one Lok Sabha seat in Tripura, while Assam registered 76 percent in five seats in the first phase of the elections which began peacefully on Monday from the country`s North East.
In a shot in the arm for BJP, two senior leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad on Monday joined the party and the GJM pledged support to BJP candidates in West Bengal, including the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.
Strongly reacting to AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi`s purported remarks that Asom Gana Parishad was in power for a term allegedly with the backing of insurgents, AGP on Friday said it would initiate legal action him.