Bucking the larger trend of women voters being less than men in most constituencies across the country, the third phase of the ongoing Assam assembly election brings us a surprise. Women outnumber its male counterparts as voters in Gauhati West located in the state’s Kamrup district.
A unique seat, Gauhati West has a total of 2,92,131 registered voters including 1,44,645 males and 1,47,486 females.
An electoral roll published by the Kamrup (M) district administration on March 10 shows a rise of over 1 lakh in the total number of electors in the city compared to the last Assam assembly elections in 2016.
The number of voters has been increased by 1,36,502 as a whole in the four assembly constituencies under Kamrup Metropolitan (M) District comprising Gauhati East, Gauhati West, Jalukbari and Dispur.
Gauhati West seat will go to polls in the third phase of the Assam assembly election on April 6. Polling for the next two phases will be held on April 1 and April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
The seat has become a matter of prestige for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance as the top leaders of Assam are campaigning on this seat. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has fielded a male candidate while Congress has fielded a women candidate in this seat.
In the previous 2016 polls, AGP’s Ramendra Narayan Kalita defeated Congress candidate Dr Jury Sharma Bordoloi from the seat with a huge margin. This time Congress fielded Mira Borthakur Goswami against Kalita.
BJP will be holding a massive election campaign in Assam for the remaining phases with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani and party national president J P Nadda scheduled to hold election rallies to campaign for the second phase of the Assembly polls from March 30 to April 4.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)