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Stage set for counting of votes in Assam

The stage is set for counting of votes for Assam assembly on Friday more than a month after the polls to decide the fate of 1,081 candidates in 126 seats.

india Updated: May 13, 2011 19:33 IST

The stage is set for counting of votes for Assam assembly on Friday more than a month after the polls to decide the fate of 1,081 candidates in 126 seats.

Polling, by and large peaceful, was held in two phases on April 4 and April 11 and recorded a high voter turn out of more than 75%.

Official sources said counting will start at 8 am at all the centres on Friday.

While the Congress is all set for a third consecutive term in the state according to Union home minister P Chidambaram, exit polls have predicted a hung assembly.

Among prominent contenders are chief minister Tarun Gogoi, leader of the opposition and two time former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Chandra Mohan Patowary and a host of ministers including Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bharat Narah, Pradyut Bordoloi and Rockybul Hussain.

The ruling Congress has 71 seats while opposition AGP has 20, BJP 8 and minority-dominated All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) 10 in the present house.

Assam PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita has claimed the party will score a hat-trick with a comfortable majority.

The AGP, which is expected to have the BJP as an ally, on the other hand is also confident of victory with Patowary claiming the anti-incumbency factor will work for the party's advantage.