BJP-led NDA returns to power in Assam for 2nd time in a row
Guwahati: The ruling BJP-led NDA returned to power in Assam for the second consecutive term as the “Mitrajot” secured 68 seats in the 126-member Assembly, election officials said on Sunday midnight. According to the latest tally of the Election Commission results late on Sunday night, of the total of 126 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has so far won 53 seats, and leading in six seats while its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) won nine seats and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) won six seats.
The Congress has won 23 seats and leading in seven seats. Other partners of the Congress led “Mahajot” (grand alliance) – the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) won 13 seats and leading in three seats, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and Communist Party of India-Marxist won four and one seat respectively.
Raijor Dal (RD) president and jailed leader Akhil Gogoi, who is contesting from Sibasagar constituency as an Independent candidate, also won the seat by defeating the BJP candidate Surabhi Rajkonwari by a margin of 11,875 votes.
The BJP had won 60 seats during the previous Assembly elections in 2016 while its ally AGP had managed 14 seats and the Congress had secured 26 seats and one seat went to the Independent candidate.
Contesting the 2016 elections independently, the AIUDF won 13 seats while Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) had bagged 12 seats five years ago. The BPF was earlier an ally of the BJP and is now an alliance partner of the 10-party “Mahajot”.
Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said he is confident of Bharatiya Janata Party-led government retaining power in the State for the second consecutive term.
While talking to the media, Sonowal said the trends of the counting of votes across the State clearly suggested that the BJP is coming back to power for the second term.
The 59-year-old saffron party leader said the BJP, in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), would form the government.
“People of Assam have mandated for the BJP-led government. However, we have to wait till the counting of votes is completed and the clear pictures emerge. The trend of the outcome already shows that the people are on our side,” said Sonowal, who had been the Chief Minister since the BJP-led government first came to power in Assam in 2016 after defeating the Congress.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president J P Nadda were among the central BJP leaders who undertook a hectic campaign for the BJP in Assam.