The first phase of the assembly elections in Assam saw more than 66% electorates using their voting power. In the first phase of the assembly polls, votes were casted for 62 constituencies of Assam’s 126 assembly seats. The polls were conducted peacefully and no reports of any disruptions came from any constituency. Many of the voters were seen standing in line even after polling ended at 3 pm. In the morning, polling was thin due to rain but as skies cleared, more number of voters poured in.
However, 9 stations under Haflong constituency recorded no attendance. Similar was the case in 16 stations of Ratabari in Karimganj district. In a protest citing lack of development in the area, nearly 10,000 voters of Ratabari constituency refused to cast in their vote. Fates of several prominent persons like Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, BJP State President Ranjit Dutta, Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai etc have been sealed during the first phase of the elections.
Meanwhile, speaking to the press after casting his vote, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi exuded confidence that Congress will retain power in the state for the third successive team. But Asom Gana Parishad said that a large turnout hinted that people wanted a non-Congress govt.