ASSAM: The vote counting for the urban local bodies that began on Thursday morning in Assam is underway.

More than 72% voter turnout was recorded on Monday when the election to the 74 urban local bodies was held.

Ahead of the 2016 Assembly Elections, this is taken as the semi-final battle between the BJP and Congress in Assam as the results would be taken as a crucial indicator of poll prospects for both the parties next year.

The percentage of voting this year was far better than what it was recorded in 2009 elections (61 %).

The fight was primarily between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in the most urban local bodies consisting of 32 municipal boards and 42 town committees. Both Congress and BJP are working hard to be in power in the upcoming Assembly Elections in 2016 in Assam.

On one hand where AGP is taking this election as a stage for their comeback, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is trying its level best to make its presence felt in its maiden battle in the urban civic body elections.

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