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BJP, Cong key contenders in 2nd phase of LS polls in Assam

BJP, Cong key contenders in 2nd phase of LS polls in Assam

Guwahati: Altogether 60 candidates have filed papers for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state, with the BJP and the Congress emerging as the major contenders in at least four of the seats.

Tuesday was the last date for the filing of nomination for the second phase of election, scheduled on April 18.

Among the five seats, Karimganj (SC) registered maximum number of nominees at 19, followed by Silchar with 14 candidates, an election office spokesperson said.

The other three constituencies that will go to polls on April 18 are Autonomous District (ST), Mangaldai and Nowgong. In Karimganj (SC) parliamentary constituency, the major players are sitting MP of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Radheshyam Biswas, BJP's Kripanath Malla and Congress candidate Swarup Das, poll analysts said.

In Silchar, BJP's Rajdeep Roy is set to pose a tough challenge to sitting Congress MP Sushmita Dev, they said.

The candidates of the two national parties are prime contenders for Mangaldoi, Autonomous (ST) District and Nowgong seats too.

While Congress MP Bhubaneswar Kalita will lock horns with BJP's Dilip Saikia at Mangaldoi, the grand old party's minister, Pradyut Bordoloi, will put up a tough fight against Rupak Sarma of the saffron party, the analysts added.

In the Autonomous (ST) District, six candidates have filed their nominations, with the prominent ones being sitting Congress MP Biren Singh Engti and BJP nominee Horen Singh Bey.

The scrutiny of papers will be held on March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

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