Guwahati , Apr 14:
The demographic pattern in Assam is such that, barring the autonomous district (Diphu) Lok Sabha seat, Muslim voters are either a deciding factor or a force to reckon with in all the other eight seats going to the polls in phase-II and phase-III.
Muslims are majority in Nagaon, Mangaldai (Darrang), Karimganj, Barpeta and Dhubri districts.
With 55 percent Muslim population, Nagaon has 6.8 lakh Muslim voters. In the Congress-BJP fight in the constituency, Muslim voters are set to be the deciding factor. However, the BJP is in record holding the seat for the past three consecutive terms.
In Silchar, the stage is set for a straight BJP-Congress fight where 5.3 lakh Muslim voters are certainly a force to reckon with. An NPP candidate fielded in this constituency is likely to split the Muslim votes.
With 70 percent Muslim population (6 lakh voters), Barpeta is also set for a triangular contest among AIUDF’s Hafij Rafiqul Islam, Kumar Dipak Das of the AGP and Abdul Khaleque of the Congress. The BJP is trying to make inroads into the ‘Xatra Nagari’ through the AGP.
Gauhati too has around five lakh Muslim voters in Boko, Chhaygaon, and some sar areas in Kamrup district. In this constituency too the role of Muslim voters will be quite significant. The fight is straight between Bobbeeta Sarmah of the Congress and Queen Oja of the BJP.