Haflong, Apr 1 : Defying the incessant rains over the hills, 74 percent of vote casting were recorded in South Assam’s Dima Hasao district. With the exception of few polling stations, were technical glitch at the EVM was encountered, polling started in the district exactly at 7 am.
However, the voting was interrupted by incessant rains. As it continued to rain till 10.30 am, the turnout was heavily affected which was evident from low turnout till 11 am, 19 percent. Although the graph steeply increased after 11 am, as long queues lined up outside the polling stations.
There are 4 candidates from different political parties in fray for the 16-Haflong (ST) Assembly constituency, result of which is to be declared on 2 May.
The total number of voters in the hill district is 1,74,138 divided among 246 polling stations. Among the four candidates in fray, the main contest is between Nirmal Langthasa of the Indian National Congress and Nandita Garlosa of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
BJP candidate Nandita Garlosa casted her vote at Haflong Town Razi Community Hall at 8.15am and expressed hope for her victory along with NDA at the state. The incumbent MLA of Haflong, Birbhadra Hugjerao and Congress candidate Nirmal Langthasa also casted his vote in the same polling station.
The congress candidate said the people of the hill districts would go against the BJP’s dictatorship and exercise their voting right to uproot the govt. He mentioned the formation of the grand alliance government is almost final and the results on May 2 will prove it.
Overall, the election passed peacefully with no reports of any untoward incident. The district administration meanwhile is all prepared to receive the officials who are gradually returning with the EVM machines after their successful conduct of their duties in 246 polling stations amidst tight security.