Assam victory gives BJP a foothold in Northeast

Krishnanand Tripathi
Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal is BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Assam. Sonowal said stopping infiltration from Bangladesh would be top priority of BJP government.

Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal is BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Assam. Sonowal said stopping infiltration from Bangladesh would be top priority of BJP government.

BJP-led NDA is set to form its first ever government in the north eastern state Assam with two-thirds majority. While NDA won 86 of the 126 seats in the state assembly, Congress was reduced to just 26 seats.

With a clear two third majority, BJP is all set to form the government under its leadership. BJP won 60 seats, its ally Asom Gana Parishad 14 and Bodoland Peoples Front 12.

It is clear that this time Tarun Gogoi’s magic did not work Assamese voters. Gogoi had won three consecutive elections for the party and ruled the state for 15 years.

Congress had won 78 seats in 2011 assembly elections but this time the party is reduced to just one third of its tally in the 2011 assembly elections.

Another important player, AIUDF led by Badaruddin Ajmal could only win 13 seats against the 18 seats it won in 2011. In an embarrassing defeat, party chief Badaruddin Ajmal, who had claimed to become ‘kingmager’, lost his seat to Congress candidate Wazed Ali Choudhary by around 17 thousand votes.

BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate and union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal defeated Congress candidate Rajib Lochan Fegu by over 18 thousand votes in Majuli (ST) seat.

Despite the party’s complete rout, three times chief minister Tarun Gogoi was able to win Titabar seat. Gogoi defeated BJP candidate Kamakhya Prasad Tasa by a comfortable margin of over 17 thousand votes.

 

Congress dissident leader Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma who joined BJP before the elections defeated Congress candidate Niren Deka by a a huge margin of almost 86 thousand votes in Jalukbari seat.

Altogether 1064 contestants participated in the two phase Assam Assembly elections held on April 4 and 11.

Congress has put up candidates in 122 of 126 seats, BJP in 89. NDA allies AGP contested on 30 seats and and BPF on 13 seats. AIUDF has put candidates in 74 seats.