Second & final phase polls in Assam today

Guwahati, April 10 (PTI): The issues on which the different parties campaigned were varied with Congress leaders highlighting the development of the state, various schemes introduced during the last ten years, initiating peace talks with the ULFA and utter chaos and economic mismanagement of the AGP during its rule. The BJP and AGP harped mostly on corruption issues, particularly on the multi-crore funds diversion scam in North Cachar Hills and alleged failure of the Congress to solve the issues of foreigners' influx, flood, erosion and neglect of the weaker sections.
Campaigning for the second phase was high-pitched with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Union Minister for Minority Development Salman Khurshid, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, actor Raj Babbar, cricketer Azharuddin batting for Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's achievements during the last ten years.
The BJP as in the first phase put in an aggressive campaign with several senior national leaders including former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, Leader of opposition Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former party president Rajnath Singh, Assam Incharge and MP Varun Gandhi, television actress Smriti Irani campaigning for the candidates.
The AGP's campaign was muted with Party President Chandramohan Patowary and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta pitching in for candidates in the party strongholds.