Guwahati: The second and the final phase of Assembly elections will be held in 64 constituencies in Assam on Monday. As many as 496 candidates are in the fray for the second phase of polling spread over 14 Assam districts.

“We are ready for the second phase of elections and we hope it will be peaceful like the first phase,” an election official said on Saturday.

The first phase on April 11 sealed the fate of 485 candidates with an estimated 73 per cent polling recorded in 62 assembly seats.

The results will be declared on May 13.

More than 40,000 police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in various places, with authorities not taking any chance despite a general lull on the insurgency front.

Among the prominent candidates whose fate would be sealed on Monday are Chandra Mohan Patowary, president of the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), two time former chief minister and AGP senior Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Congress ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rockybul Hussain, besides at least 41 women candidates.

“Of the 62 seats in the first phase, we would get at least 40. Overall we expect to form the government for the third straight term,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

The AGP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are fighting the polls alone and both harp on the theme of corruption and lack of development.

“The people of Assam have seen and experienced both the Congress and the AGP, and now it is time for the BJP to deliver them a taste of what good governance is all about,” BJP state president Ranjit Dutta said.

The anti-dialogue faction of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), however, has asked people to vote out the Congress.

(Agencies)