Congress leader Sushmita Dev cast her vote at a polling station in Silchar during the second phase of Assembly elections in Assam on Thursday.

Speaking to the mediapersons after casting her vote, Dev said, “Mahajot (grand alliance) is an inclusive alliance. BJP is a communal alliance.”

Assam recorded a voter turnout of 22.85 per cent till 11:20 am across 39 constituencies, as per data provided by the Election Commission of India.

The election in the second phase includes 15 assembly seats in the Barak Valley. In the 2016 polls, BJP had bagged eight seats – six from Cachar district and two from bordering Karimganj district, which shares a boundary with Bangladesh.

A total of 345 candidates in 39 constituencies across 13 districts are in the fray.

Polling for the third and last phase will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.