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Garo Hills go for by-poll on Thursday

An estimated 5.27 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the Tura by-election on Thursday.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 21:43 IST

Alert has been sounded in entire Garo Hills, particularly along the Assam and Bangladesh borders, as an estimated 5.27 lakh voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the Tura by-election on Thursday.

Polling will begin at 0700 hours where Electronic Voting Machines would be used in East, West and South Garo Hills districts.

Election office on Wednesday said that all necessary arrangement had been completed for smooth conduction of Thursday's polling.

Four candidates are in the fray though the contest is likely to be between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The BJP has decided to support NCP candidate Purno A Sangma.

The Congress had fielded Dr Mukul Manda Sangma from the seat.

Independents Ismail A Sangma and Winstone G Momin were the other two candidates.

Campaigning had ended last evening.

Except for some minor scuffles reported mainly between the NCP and Congress supporters, campaigning was largely peaceful.

Both the camps mainly resorted to rhetorics, besides political mud-slinging, to woo voters.

The election had been necessitated as Mr Sangma, the eight-time MP from there, had resigned after the September 30 twin police firings in Tura and Williamnagar over the MBoSE controversy that left nine, mostly students, dead and about 100 people injured.

Returning Officer P Sampat Kumar yesterday said an additional seven CRPF companies and four BSF companies had been deployed to assist the state police who would mainly man 146 sensitive polling booths, including 29 hypersensitive ones.