Assam Panchayat Polls: AIUDF bags 5 ZPCs, BJP 4, AGP 1, INC decimated in Hailakandi district.
The AIUDF reinforced its dominant position in rural polls in Hailakandi district by bagging five Ziila Parishad seats, while the BJP emerged as the main challenger with four seats followed by AGP with one seat. The INC was decimated with the party failing to open its account in ZPC. It won seven ZPCs in the last panchayat elections in 2013.
AIUDF candidate Saleh Ahmed Mazumder was leading by 2,407 votes over his nearest BJP candidate Jiyant Wahan Reang in Gharmurah-Jamira ZPC when the counting was stopped after completion of fifth round by authorised officer and counting officials as ‘evidence of rigging and booth capturing was found’. Bulk votes in favour of same candidates were detected in bundles.
Returning Officer Adil Khan and Election Observers Nirmal Kanti Debnath and Surajit Sonowal referred the matter to the State Election Commission.Till the election commission decides on the matter, the results will be kept in abeyance.
In Gaon Panchayat President, of the 50 seats declared the BJP won 16, the AIUDF nine, the INC in five, NCP one and 19 independent candidates.
In Anchalik Panchayats, of the 50 seats declared, the BJP bagged 12 seats, followed by independent candidates 19, AIUDF 12, INC six seats and AGP with one seat.
Of the 430 seats declared for Gaon Panchayat Member, the BJP captured 102 seats, independent candidates 325 and NCP three seats.
The panchayat elections in the district were held for 11 ZPC, 62 APM, 62 GPP and 620 GPM seats on December 9.
The counting of votes that began at 8 am on Wednesday amid tight security is continuing till the last report came in. Altogether 3,221 candidates are in the fray. 31 gaon panchayat members went uncontested.
The district administration has thrown in a three-tier security arrangement in and around the counting centre campus at Government VMHS School to prevent entry of any unauthorised persons.
Central forces are being deployed at the entrance of the counting halls. CCTV cameras have been installed at vantage locations from where the carrying of ballot boxes from strong rooms to the counting halls are being effectively monitored by Returning Officer Khan and his team of officials.