Civic polls in State by Feb 10

GUWAHATI, January 2: Elections to the State’s town committees and
municipal bodies will be held within February 10 this year. This was
announced by Harendra Nath Bora, Commissioner, Assam State Election
Commission on Friday.
Talking to reporters here, Bora said that electoral rolls relating to civic polls
had been published across the State on Friday.
In Assam, there are 74 town committees and municipal boards, the terms
of which were expired in September last year.
Bora said that fund provision for the upcoming civic polls was kept in the
State Budget.
Sources said that the ensuing civic polls would be a challenge for the ruling
Congress in Assam as the BJP had successfully developed a strong support
base in urban areas of the State after the last Lok Sabha elections. The
upcoming civic elections would be a litmus test for the ruling party in the
State, sources added.
In the last Lok Sabha polls, the Congress only got 3 seats and the BJP won
7 seats in the State.
On Friday, newly elected Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC)
president Anjan Dutta said that the party was ready for civic polls.
To strengthen the party’s existing support base and devise strategy for civic
polls, the APCC would be organizing a meeting at Rajiv Bhavan, State
Congress headquarters, here on January 11, sources said. (SENTINEL ASSAM)

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