Assam Congress in turmoil ahead of Panchayat poll

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 19:11 hrs

The ruling Congress in Assam is facing problems from the "deprived party workers" ahead of Panchayat poll in the state to be held in three phases from Jan 30.

The "deprived" Congress workers of Hajo, Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dhemaji and Chabua came out in defiance of the party leadership in the selection of the party candidate list for the poll on Wednesday.

Thousands of party workers gheraoed Congress headquarters Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Chabua and alleged money transactions in the preparation of the list.

In Lakhimpur, the rebel party workers burnt the effigy of the Union Minister and Member of Parliament Rani Narah.

In Tezpur, a section of Congress workers reportedly assaulted a veteran party leader Hiranya Bora.

On other hand, the candidates of Congress, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the CPI had filed their nominations on Wednesday for the first phase poll on Jan 30.

The final list of candidates of the first phase poll will be released by the election authority on Jan 8.

The first phase of Panchayat poll will be held in eight districts of the state.

Second and third phase poll will be held on Feb 6 and Feb 12.

The counting of the poll will be declared on Feb 14 and 15.

Approximately 1,27,56804 voters will exercise their franchise across 26,844 constituencies, out of which 420 are Zila Parishad constituencies, 2202 are Anchalik Panchayat constituencies, 2202 are Village Panchayat president constituencies and 22020 Village Panchayat member constituencies.

The votes will be cast in 22,869 polling stations across the state.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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