Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rahul Das said that in the first phase, 295 people had filed nominations, out of which 10 papers were rejected while 18 candidates withdrew their nominations.
Prominent leaders of BJP contesting in the first phase are …. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (Majuli), Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami (Jorhat), Ministers Ranjit Dutt (Restoration), Nab Kumar Dole (Jonai) and Sanjay Kishan (Tinsukia) Huh.
Atul Bora (Bocahat) and Keshav Mahanta (Kaliabor), ministers of AGP (Assam Gana Parishad), the constituents of the NDA coalition, will also try their political fortunes in the first phase on March 27.
In the first phase before the Congress, State President Ripun Bora (Gohpur), Congress Legislature Party leader Devvrat Saikia (Nazira), AICC Secretary Bhupen Bohra (Bihpuria) and former ministers Bharat Nara (Naoboicha), Pranati Phukan (Naharkatiya) and Rakibul Hussain (Samuguri) ) Are contesting elections.
In the first phase itself, the political fate of Assam ethnic council president Lurinjyoti Gogoi (Duliajan and Naharkatiya) and jailed CAA activist and Raizor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi (Sivasagar) are also to be decided.
According to the official release issued by Das, so far 408 people have filed nominations for the second phase. From the ruling BJP, ministers Parimal Suklavaidya (Dholai), Bhavesh Karlita (Rangia), Pijush Hazarika (Jagirod) and Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haq have filed papers with Laskar (Sonai).
Other important candidates of BJP in the second phase are … Digant Kalita (Kamlapur), Ramakant Deori (Morigaon), Jeetu Goswami (Brahmapur), Mihir Kanti Shom (Burbond), Gautam Roy (Katigoda), Nandita Garsola (Halflong) and Jayant Malla Barua (Nalbari).
Aziz Ahmed Khan (Karimjung South) of AGP has filed the form. Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dilip Kumar Paul, who left the party after not getting a ticket from the BJP, will contest from Silchar as an independent.
The last date for nomination for 39 seats in the second phase is Friday. The nomination papers are to be retrenched on March 15 and the names will be withdrawn on March 17. Voting is to be held on April 1.
Election for the 126-member assembly of Assam is going on in three phases. Polling for seats in the third phase is scheduled on April 6.