Congress managed to win both Rajya Sabha seats in Assam while CPI(M) was able to win the lone Rajya Sabah seats in Tripura. Cross voting by one member each of BJP and Bodo People’s Front paved the way for victory of Congress candidates Rani Narah and Nipun Bora in Assam, but CPM was able to defeat Congress candidate in neighbouring Tripura by a comfortable margin.
The victory in Assam is crucial for the Congress where it faces a tough election fight by a resurgent BJP. The polling for two phase assembly elections in the state will take place on April 04 and 11 and counting will take place on May 19.
“Congress has won both the seats. Independent candidate Mahabir Prasad Jain got no vote,” Assam Assembly Principal Secretary Mrigendra Kumar Deka told reporters.
Giving the break-up, Deka said Congress’ 66 MLAs and AIUDF’s 17 MLAs and one each from BJP and BPF had cast their votes in the Rajya Sabha poll.
While one vote for Congress became invalid due to use of wrong mark, the rest went in favour of Bora and Narah, he added.
AGP and the remaining members of BJP and BPF abstained from the polling, Deka said.
Addressing the media later in the evening, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said “now, people of the state will realise that I have support from across the parties,” he added.
Both the Rajya Sabha seats are falling vacant as its two members Naznin Faruque and Pankaj Bora, both from Congress, are retiring next month.
But, Congress candidate in neighbouring bit the dust as sitting MP Jharna Das Baidya defeated her Congress rival Jyotirmoy Nath.
Returning officer of the election Bam Deb Majumder said that Das Baidya defeated her Congress rival by a cofortable margin of 39 votes in 60 members assembly.
Jharna Das Baidya received 49 votes out of 60 votes and her rival got 10. One voter, minister without portfolio Bhanu Lal Saha, did not cast his vote.
The Left Front has 50 MLAs in the 60 member Assembly.