Staging for the Guwahati Municipal Corporation polls

A total of 197 candidates are running in 57 wards, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in three wards have already been elected unchallenged

A total of 197 candidates are running in 57 wards, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in three wards have already been elected unchallenged

The stage is set for Friday’s Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections, which will be held after a nine-year hiatus, with EVMs being used for the first time in all 60 wards under GMC.

Political parties have gone out of their way to woo voters, promising a flood-free, crime-free city with running water for every household and all other basic civic amenities.

A total of 197 candidates are running in 57 wards, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in three wards have already been elected unchallenged.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma led the BJP’s election campaign, addressing multiple rallies across the city, while the saffron party’s coalition partner in Dispur, the campaign of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was led by Minister of Agriculture and party chairman Atul Bora.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Bhupen Borah led the state’s main opposition party in its election campaign.

The other parties were also not to be outdone with the Aam Aadmi party using its Delhi MP Atishi Marlena to woo voters, while the Assam Jatiya Parishad had its leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi leading the campaign.

In addition to door-to-door and rallies, parties staged car and bicycle rallies on city streets, with the campaign reaching its crescendo on Wednesday, when the campaign ended.

The ruling BJP, which runs in 53 wards, has announced a series of initiatives to improve the city’s infrastructure if elected to power in the municipal elections.

In its “Sankalpa Patra” (election manifesto) which was issued by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Saffron Party assured 24-hour running water to all households.

He pledged to liberate the city from the problems of waterlogging by undertaking different initiatives including the desilting of drains and river channels using modern technology.

Making the city crime-free, granting land rights to city residents, introducing an integrated traffic management system and scientific waste management are some of the assurances given by the BJP.

The BJP had left seven districts for its ally AGP to present candidates.

Congress, which is scrambling in 54 neighborhoods, in its manifesto has promised clean water to all households within 100 days, the establishment of 100 small business vending zones within 30 days, l installation of functional streetlights and the flooding and pollution of the city. -free.

Notification of the elections to the 60 GMC wards was released on March 23 and the Model Code of Conduct came into effect with immediate effect.

A total electorate of 7,96,829, comprising 3,96,891 men, 3,99,911 women and 27 of the third sex, will be able to exercise their right to vote in 789 polling stations distributed in the 60 districts.

The counting of votes will take place on April 24.

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