Phase-I of the 15th Assam assembly election was held in 47 assembly constituencies on Saturday and the fate of 264 candidates were sealed by the people.
Phase II and Phase III of the election is scheduled for April 1 and April 6 respectively and the candidates and their supporters have already begun their final preparations to woo voters.
Like several constituencies, a high-voltage contest is also expected in the Barpeta assembly constituency and over 2 lakh voters will decide on April 6 as to who wins from the prestigious constituency.
According to locals, incumbent MLA Gunindra Nath Das of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will have a tough time retaining the seat.
“Nath has failed to live up to the expectations of the people and Congress’ Abdur Rahim Ahmed will provide a tough contest,” said many locals.
“The wind blowing against AGP this time as in the last 5 years, Nath has done almost nothing. He has sanctioned the construction of a few roads and funded the repairing of some others,” said a local youth Bhaskar.
“I do not think there will be a change of power this time and I am confident that AGP will win easily from the constituency,” said another youth Gaurav.
“If not AGP then whom shall we vote? Is there an alternative?” questioned local youths Parash and Manash.
“I feel AGP will win from the constituency, even though Congress will put up a strong fight. But the vote percentage of AGP will decrease as it has been supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,” said a Barpeta-based journalist seeking anonymity.