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Assam: 65 pc polling Dhemaji byelection

Guwahati, Apr 9 (UNI) More than 65 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the Dhemaji bye election in Assam where polling came to an end at 4 pm in the evening with the Congress alleging that BJP used money power to influence voters.
There were also reports of EVN malfunctioning in few booths but overall the polling passed off peacefully in a in tribal dominated assembly constituency which will decide on the fate of five popular political leaders in the by election.
With a huge turn out the polling ended at 4 pm in the afternoon simultaneously in the entire Dhemaji constituency, an assembly segment of Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat which elected Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in 2014 two years ahead of the BJP leader taking over as the state chief minister.
Amid watertight security the polling materials have been stored at the strong rooms to be unsealed on Monday for counting when the elected representative name would be announced in the afternoon.
Earlier the voting started at 7 in the morning simultaneously across 273 booths where the electorates —new and old alike- lined up to exercise their franchise.
Five candidates are in the fray.
But the keen contest seems to be confined between Dr Ranuj Pegu from BJP and Babul Sonowal from Congress, both tall tribal leaders.
The assembly by polls was necessitated after Pradan Baruah, a BJP legislator was elected to the Lok Sabha in place of Sarbananda Sonowal, who took over as Assam Chief Minister.

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