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THE LAST LAP

Security personnel in Guwahati on Wednesday on eve of the final phase of Lok Sabha polls in Assam. Picture by UB Photos

Third phase: At a glance

Mangaldoi

Total electorate: 15,07,368

Polling stations: 1,852 (sensitive — 525, very sensitive — 216, critical — 78, comparatively safe — 1094)

Contestants: 12

Key contenders: Ramen Deka (BJP), Kirip Chaliha (Cong), Madhab Rajbongshi (AGP)

Issues: Four-lane road from Baihata Chariali to Dhemaji, rail link to Mangaldoi, security to non-Bodo people residing in the BTAD, solution to Bodo and non-Bodo movements, clean administration, solution to NDFB problem, price rise, jobs for unemployed youths, preservation and expansion of local folk art and culture

Security arrangement: Four-five layer security in sensitive, very sensitive and critical booths with quick reaction team, patrolling of army and paramilitary forces, deployment of Assam police battalions and homeguards

Kokrajhar

Total electorate: 15,03,190

Polling stations: 2,049 (sensitive — 220, hypersensitive — 130, comparatively safe — 188)

Contestants: 6

Key contenders: Urkhao Gwra Brahma (consensus Independent candidate of Absu and allied organisations), Chandan Brahma (Bodoland People’s Front), Hira Sarania (consensus candidate of Jonogosthiyo Oikyo Moncho)

Issues: Separate state demand, safety and security of people

Security arrangement: Deployment of one section of paramilitary forces for sensitive and hypersensitive booths and half a section for normal booths (one section made up of 10-12 personnel), round-the-clock vigil in border areas, including the inter-state border with Bengal and Indo-Bhutan international border to thwart anti-social elements from carrying out subversive activities, border with Bhutan sealed 48 hours before polling, four army units assisting in operation and area domination

Dhubri

Total electorate: 15,48,849

Polling stations: 1,940 (Hypersensitive — 207, sensitive — 875, normal — 858)

Security arrangement: One head constable/constable, one homeguard, three village defence party personnel for each safe and sensitive booth, one head constable, one home guard and three VDP men, half section of force for each highly sensitive/very sensitive booth, one head constable, one homeguard and three VDP men, one section of force for each critical booth (Approximately 50 companies of paramilitary forces required on polling day but deployment of forces may increase if situation demands)

Contestants: 15

Key contenders: Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Wazed Ali Choudhury (Cong), Debamoy Sanyal (BJP), Ajmal Hussain (AAP)

Issues: Power crisis, re-opening of international river port and Rupshi airport, introduction of long-distance train from Dhubri, permanent measures against erosion and floods, setting up agro-based industries

Nowgong (Nagaon)

Total electorate: 1,521,177

Polling stations: 1,902 (sensitive - 200)

Security arrangement: Deployment of Assam police and central paramilitary forces

Contestants: 8

Key contenders: Rajen Gohain (BJP), Jon Jonali Baruah (Cong)

Issues: Underdevelopment, corruption in implementation of central schemes

Gauhati (Guwahati)

Total electorate: 1,921,374

Polling stations: 2,345 (sensitive - 900)

Security arrangement: Deployment of Assam police and central paramilitary forces

Contestants: 18

Key contenders: Bijoya Chakravarty (BJP), Manas Bora (Cong), Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP)

Issues: civic problems, turning Guwahati into one of the best cities, allotment of land pattas to the landless

Barpeta

Total electorate: 1,424,638

Others: 34

Polling stations: 1,906 (sensitive - 250)

Security arrangement: Deployment of Assam police and central paramilitary forces

Contestants: 15

Key contenders: Ismail Hussain (Cong), Sirajuddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Chandra Mohan Patowary (BJP), Phani Bhusan Choudhury (AGP)

Issues: Underdevelopment, update of NRC