The three-phase elections for the Assam Assembly were held on March 27, April 1 and April 6. NDA, UPA, URF and others are fighting.

The contest is expected to take place between the Mitrajot (group of friends) led by the BJP and the 10-a-side Mahajot or the Congress-led grand alliance, while the regional front of Assam Jatiya Parishad and the imprisoned activist Akhil Gogoi, Raijor Dal, should surprise. in a few seats.

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BPF in the lead in 1 constituency, Congress in 2

9 a.m.

BJP and allies confident to retain power, Congress to dislodge alliance

Assam recorded a turnout of 82.04%, slightly lower than the 84.72% recorded in 2016.

The BJP and its allies – Asom Gana Parishad, United People’s Liberal Party and Rabha Joutha Mancha – are convinced to retain power with more than 80 seats. If they do, it will be the first instance of a non-congress party to win a second successive term in Assam.

Congress ruled for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2016 under former chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

Congress is also convinced to dislodge the BJP-led alliance by winning at least 75 seats. Its allies in the Mahajot include the All India United Democratic Front, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and Rashtriya Janata Dal.

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Counting begins in a “hermetic” security environment

The counting of votes for 126 assembly constituencies in Assam’s elections began at 8 a.m. on May 2 in 331 rooms amid “tight” security and compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Three alliances contested the three-phase elections that took place on March 27, April 1 and April 6. But the contest is expected to take place between the Mitrajot (group of friends) led by the Bharatiya Janata party and the 10 Mahajot parties or great congressional-led alliance while the regional front of Assam Jatiya Parishad and the imprisoned activist Akhil Gogoi, Raijor Dal, should surprise in a few seats.

Analysis

Analysis | Assam Assembly election may decide the future of many players

The result of the poll could determine the direction of the debate around the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). While there is a view elsewhere that the CAA and the Supreme Court-mandated exercise of updating the NRC are exclusionary processes, in Assam there is considerable support for the NRC and opposition to the NRC. CAA.

This explains why Congress claims credit for piloting the NRC project while firmly opposing the CAA since it discriminates on the basis of religion.

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Data

Data | Participation rate down in 90% of seats compared to 2016

Compared to the 2016 Assembly election, turnout declined in 90% of the 530 seats in the four states where voting for the 2021 national elections took place on April 6.

Almost 86% of the seats in Tamil Nadu, 95% in Kerala, 90% in Assam and all the seats in Pondicherry recorded a lower turnout than in 2016. Despite the drop in numbers, a turnout of 80% and more was registered in more than 60% of the seats in Assam and Pondicherry.

In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, on the other hand, only 17% and 6% of seats recorded participation rates above 80%. In Tamil Nadu, in 6% of seats, mostly in urban areas, the turnout was below 60%.

Take a look at maps showing the turnout by constituency in Assam in 2021.

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Count the day before

Counting staff take precautions against COVID-19

Officials waiting to be tested for COVID-19 on the eve of Assam Assembly poll count day in Tezpur on May 1, 2021. | Photo credit: PTI

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