Voting underway in first phase of BTC election in Assam amid tight security


Voting is underway for the first phase of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election in Assam amid tight security arrangements .

As many as 130 candidates are in fray in the first phase of BTC election.

Voting is underway for the first phase of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election in Assam amid tight security arrangements .

Polling for 21 council constituencies in Baksa and Udalguri district under the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) began at 7-30 am on Monday and will end at 4-30 pm.

Voters queued up since early morning to cast their votes even before polling began at 7.30 am.

As many as 130 candidates are in fray in the first phase of BTC election and voting is taking place at 1,739 polling booths and a total of 13,59,020 voters will decide the fates of 130 candidates in ballot papers.

Out of 21 council constituencies, 11 constituencies fall in Udalguri district while 10 constituencies are in Baksa district.

The administration has ensured that strict Covid-19 precautions are in place in all polling booths.

According to the administration, around 17 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in first two hours polling for the first phase of BTC election.

The second phase of BTC elections in Kokrajhar and Chirang district will be held on December 10 and counting of votes will be held on December 12.

After signing the Bodo peace accord early this year and formation of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), it is the first election in BTAD.

Ahead of the assembly polls in Assam which is scheduled in 2021, the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election is being seen as the semi-final of 2021.

The BJP is contesting against its own ally party Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in this election.

BPF is an ally party of the BJP-led Assam government since 2016 and BPF has ruled Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) which covered four districts Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri in last one and half decades.

BJP is contesting in 26 out of 40 seats of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

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