GUWAHATI: Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) candidate Dulu Ahmed is leading in Hajo constituency against incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) incumbent MLA Suman Haripriya in the early trends of postal ballot counting in Assam.
Haripriya had polled 55,096 votes in the Assam assembly polls 2016 and won by 8908 votes to help BJP make its foray into Hajo constituency for the first time.
In 2016, Dulu Ahmed was fielded by Congress against Haripriya and he had polled 46,188 votes.
This year, Ahmed has joined the newly formed regional party AJP to contest from the same seat against Haripriya.
BJP MLA Suman Haripriya sparked nationwide controversy last year by claiming that cow dung and urine can cure coronavirus.
As many as 331 counting centres, including 52 for postal ballots, have been set up by the Election Commission in Assam. EVMs will be counted in 279 centres.
In view of surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, the counting officials have been reduced to 50 per cent, which might result in delay in the process.
The Assam state administration also had enforced Section 144 to restrict gatherings, fire crackers, victory procession etc after the results.
Assam went to polls in three phases on March 27, April 1 and 6. Assam has a total of 126 assembly constituencies where it registered 82.04 per cent polling turn out, which was lesser than the earlier election as well.
As many as 946 candidates are in the fray in the Assam assembly polls.
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