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PM to cast his vote in city

Guwahati, April 20: On Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here not to address a rally or campaign for the Congress but to cast his vote.

Singh is the Rajya Sabha MP from the state and, in his affidavits and official records, his permanent address is House Number 3989, Nandan Nagar, Ward No. 51, Sarumataria, Dispur, District: Kamrup (Metro), Assam, Pin-781006.

Singh is a tenant in the house of former Assam minister Hemo Probha Saikia at Nandan Nagar in the Sarumotoria area of the city.

Saikia’s late husband and former chief minister Hiteswar Saikia had rented out the house to Singh in 1991, when he was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time.

Senior superintendent of police (city) A.P. Tiwari today said an SPG team would reach here tomorrow to oversee the preparations for Singh’s visit.

The Prime Minister’s wife Gursharan Kaur is likely to accompany him and they will cast their vote at polling booth number 156 at Dispur Government High School here under Gauhati parliamentary constituency.

Manas Bora, son of state social welfare minister Akon Bora, is the Congress candidate for the Gauhati seat.

Singh and his wife are scheduled to arrive here between noon and 1pm and are likely to fly back to Delhi after casting their votes. They had cast their votes here in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls but skipped voting in the 2011 Assembly polls.

Another police officer said while making necessary security arrangements, they would try to ensure that other voters do not face any problems.

The source said traffic would be regulated and parking restrictions would be imposed on certain roads for a brief period and would be lifted after the Prime Minister departs from the polling station.