Guwahati: The second phase elections for 39 constituencies began in Assam today with about 345 candidates in fray for the polls.
The fate of four ministers and the deputy speaker of the Assam assembly will be sealed in Phase-2 polls. Prominent faces from the BJP include ministers Parimal Suklabaidya from Dholai, Bhabesh Kalita from Rangiya, Pijush Hazarika from Jagiroad, Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar from Sonai, Sum Ronghang from Diphu, Rihon Daimary from Udalguri, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary from Panery, former Congress minister Siddeque Ahmed from Karimganj South, sitting MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha from Karimganj North, sitting AIUDF MLAs Suzamuddin Laskar from Katlicherra and Nizamuddin Choudhury form Algapur. AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal’s brother Sirajuddin Ajmal, a former MP and MLA, is contesting from Jamunamukh, former Congress spokesperson Durga Das Boro is contesting as a BPF candidate from Kalaigaon, former Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul, who resigned from the BJP after being denied a ticket, is contesting as an Independent from Silchar, and former Congress minister Gautam Roy is contesting on a BJP ticket from Katigora.
At the wake of the ongoing elections, many poll stations reported of EVM malfunctioning further delaying the voting procedure.
Voting was temporarily stopped at station number 146 at Nirtamoyee Balika Vidyalaya, due to EVM malfunction. Voting was also delayed at polling station number 26 at Nowgong Law College in Nagaon, due to EVM malfunction.