The countdown for the first phase of assembly polls in Assam has begun with party candidates filing their nominations. Several senior leaders of various political parties submitted their nomination papers on Monday.

The nomination filing process was a grand affair for most of the candidates with parties exhibiting a massive show of strength on the occasion.

From Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) chief Atul Bora, all filed their papers to contest in the first phase of the polls.

BJP candidate from Golaghat, Ajanta Neog who recently joined the party from Congress filed her nomination today. Hundreds of party supporters accompanied Neog and is being dubbed as the favourite candidate from the constituency.

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Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also landed in Golaghat as Neog filed her nominations. He exuded confidence that the BJP will do exceedingly well in the polls.

Meanwhile, former BJP leader Bitupon Saikia who joined the Congress, just a day ahead also filed his nomination papers. He was accompanied by MP Gaurav Gogoi and party leader Rockybul Hussain.

In a grand show, Saikia rode on an elephant on the way to the nomination centre.

One of the key candidates for the Congress, APCC Chief Ripun Bora submitted his nomination for the Gohpur seat today, where he is in fray with BJP candidate Utpal Borah.

Assam Congress president Ripun Bora files nomination from Gohpur constituency

AICC general secretary Bhupen Kumar Borah who will fight from Bihpuria constituency also filed his nomination today.

Additionally, AICC general secretary Rana Goswami also filed his nomination from the Jorhat seat. He will be in fray with BJP’s Hitendra Nath Goswami, who also filed his nomination from the Jorhat constituency.

Furthermore, AGP president Atul Bora filed his nomination from Bokakhat today. He was accompanied by State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary.

Later, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought support for Atul Bora from the people of Bokakhat during a public meeting.

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BJP candidate from Dibrugarh, Prasanta Phukan also filed his nomination today.

Meanwhile, Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president Lurin Jyoti Gogoi filed his nomination for the Naharkatia and Duliajan Assembly seat for the first phase of polling.

Tomorrow is the last date of filing nomination papers in this phase. The first phase covers 47 constituencies of Assam.