Assam Election: BJP’s Big Takeover of North East

First Ever Triumph for BJP in Assam

ASSAM ELECTION

Assam Election Results 2016: As BJP heads for victory, Narendra Modi congratulates Sarbananda Sonowal

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Assam Election Results 2016: AGP party workers celebrating their Party’s victory Assam Assembly polls in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI

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Assam Election Results 2016: BJP-led NDA is headed for a landslide victory in Assam winning 18 of the 22 seats declared so far and leading in 68 of the remaining 126 assembly seats. BJP alone has won 12 seats and is leading in 50 others, while its allies AGP and BPF have won three each and are leading in nine each.

Congress’ dream to return to power for a record consecutive fourth term was dashed to the ground as it has won just two seats so far and is leading in another 21.

The biggest setback was suffered by AIDUF, the main opposition party in the outgoing assembly, which has so far won in two seats and is leading in 11 seats.

The worst blow to AIUDF was the defeat of its chief Badruddin Ajmal, who was being viewed as a possible king-maker in case of a hung assembly. He was defeated by Congress candidate Wajed Ali Choudhury in South Salmara seat by 16,723 votes.

BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal visited a temple before the counting of votes for the Assam Assembly elections.

BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal visited a temple before the counting of votes for the Assam Assembly elections.

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PARTY TOTAL LEAD WON
BJP+ 87 28 59
CONG+ 23 2 21
AIUDF+ 14 6 8
OTH 2 1 1

Outgoing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was comfortably placed ahead of his BJP rival Kamakhya Prasad Tassa in Titabor Assembly constituency, while BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal is ahead of his Congress rival and former minister Rajib Lochan Pegu by 18,923 votes at Majuli(ST).

AGP President Atul Bora has won Bokakhat seat defeating sitting Congress MLA Arun Phukan by 40,193 votes and Congress candidate and former union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar was trounced by Chakradhar Gogoi of BJP by 4,744 votes.

Ministers for social welfare and forest of the outgoing cabinet Gautam Roy and Etuwa Munda are among those who have fallen on the wayside, while their colleagues Sarat Barkotoky, Siddeque Ahmed, Bismita Gogoi, Sumitra Patir, Chandan Sarkar, Ajit Singh, Basanta Das and Girindra Malik are trailing behind their rivals in their respective constituencies.

Assam hoping BJP will live up to promises

(IANS) With the BJP making it to Dispur, people in Assam will now be watching the change that the saffron party has promised to win the hearts of the majority of the people in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been trying hard for the last few years to make inroads into India’s northeast, has not only assured to end the existing corruption in Assam under the Congress rule but also to bring change and development and give employment to the youth of the region and end infiltration from Bangladesh by sealing the Indo-Bangladesh border.

“The people of Assam have been frustrated at the corruption of the Congress government, particularly in the last term of the government under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Although the Congress had also assured to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border and give employment to the people in 2001, nothing much changed in the three terms under the Congress government,” Ananta Hazarika, a resident of Guwahati in Assam, told IANS.

“Although there is no charge of any corruption against the chief minister, yet I feel that he had failed to control the ministers in his cabinet who had developed an indifferent attitude towards the problems and issues of the people,” he said, adding that people have responded to the appeal of the BJP and Prime MinisterNarendra Modi hoping that there would be real development in Assam and that youth will get employment.

“The BJP’s win means a lot to Assam. The Bangladeshi infiltration has not stopped even though 30 years have elapsed since the signing of the Assam Accord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have assured that the Indo-Bangladesh border will be sealed to end the problem of infiltration,” Rakesh Thakur, a resident of Central Assam’s Nagaon district, told IANS while expressing hope that people like him will get employment now.

“The prime minister during his visits to the northeast often tells that the northeast has tremendous potential for development and has assured to create employment opportunities for the youth. There are over 23 lakh unemployed youth in Assam at present and each one of them is looking at the prime minister and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Assam Sarbananda Sonowal in the days to come,” Thakur said.

He said that the BJP-led government at the Centre had taken many steps soon after coming to power. “We hope the new government in Assam will take concrete steps for overall development of Assam and other part of the region,” he added.

While the anti-incumbency factor affected the ruling Congress negatively in Assam during this poll, the saffron party had also played on the issues of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, unemployment and lack of development in the region to win over the people.

Narendra Modi congratulates Sarbananda Sonowal, people of Assam

PM Narendra Modi congratulates BJP workers for historic win; Congress decimated

PM Narendra Modi congratulates BJP workers for historic win; Congress decimated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP’s chief ministerial face in Assam, and congratulated him and the people of the state for the party’s landslide victory.

Sonowal said the Prime Minister told him to convey to the people his best wishes and assured his support for development of the northeastern state where BJP handed a crushing defeat to Congress, which was in power for 15 years.

Sonowal said he thanked the Prime Minister and told him that BJP could win the support of people of Assam because of Modi’s hard work in leading the country in the path of development.

Earlier, Modi termed BJP’s victory in Assam as “historic” and “phenomenal” and said the party will do everything possible to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the people of the state and take its development journey to new heights.

He also lauded the efforts of BJP workers in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, saying they put up a “spirited performance”.

“Across India, people are placing their faith in BJP and see it as the party that can usher in all-round and inclusive development,” Modi said.

We accept defeat with all humbleness: Gogoi

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said he accepts the defeat in the Assembly polls with “all humbleness” and congratulated BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal and his party for the victory.

“We accept the peoples’ verdict with all humbleness. We will play the role of an effective and constructive opposition by serving the people of Assam,” Gogoi said at a press conference here.

The veteran Congress leader congratulated BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and termed his party’s victory as “grand success”.

“People are now expecting a change for development and achche din (good days). They have high hopes from the new government. I wish BJP and Sonowal fulfil those,” Gogoi said.

On Congress’ performance in the election, the three-time chief minister said it was not easy to win for the fourth consecutive term.

“I am not disheartened but of course I am sad and it is natural. Ups and downs are part of life and I have seen many ups and downs in my political life. People have not left us.

We had faced worse defeat than this in the hands of AGP after the Assam agitation,” Gogoi said.

“There must have been some deficiencies and mistakes. We will analyse those,” he said.

When asked whether he will continue to be in active politics, Gogoi said, “I will continue to be 100 per cent in active politics.”

To another query, he declined the possibility of forming an alliance with AIUDF.

Checking illegal infiltration top priority: Sarbananda Sonowal

Sealing the Indo-Bangla border to check illegal infiltration will be top priority of the BJP government in Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, who led the party to its maiden victory in the crucial North eastern state and is all set to be the Chief Minister, said today.

Elated over BJP’s spectular victory in Assam dethroning 15-year rule of Congress, Sonowal said protecting the interests of bonafide Indian citizens, whether they are Hindu or Muslims, will be the focus area of the BJP government.

“First of all we will have to seal the Indo-Bangla border to stop infiltration. We have to prepare within a time frame the NRC ( National Register of Citizens) with the names of bonafide Indian citizens. These are two big challenges,” 54-year-old Sonowal said.

Influx of Bangladeshis through the porous Indo-Bangla border has been a major issue in Assam and BJP and its allies had promised during the election campaign to check it.

Sonowal said containing corruption will be another focus area. He said people were fed up with Congress and they wanted change and good government.

“People have accepted our winning combination. This is a great victory. People of Assam have been looking for such a combination… Our main target is to protect the interests of bona fide Indian citizens, whether they are Hindu or Muslims it doesn’t matter.

“We have to protect the interests of greater Assamese society, which include Assamese, Bihari Marwaris, Bengalis, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs… We have to work together, live together and fight together,” he said soon after it became clear that BJP for the first time would get a majority in the 126-seat state Assembly.

The Union Minister played down challenges to him from within the winning alliance, saying they all have to work together.

BJP had stitched an alliance of virtually all regional parties, which represent various sections of indigenous population, to take on Congress and AIUDF, accusing the two parties of supporting infiltrators, mostly Bangladeshi Muslims.

PM Narendra Modi terms poll win in Assam as historic, phenomenal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the BJP’s victory in Assam as “historic” and “phenomenal” and said the party will do everything possible to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the people of the state and take its development journey to new heights.

He also lauded the efforts of BJP workers in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, saying they put up a “spirited performance”.

“Across India, people are placing their faith in BJP and see it as the party that can usher in all-round and inclusive development,” Modi said.

As poll results trickled in showing a big victory for BJP in Assam, Modi tweeted, “Heartiest congratulations to Assam BJP Karyakartas & leaders for the exceptional win. This win is historic by all standards. Phenomenal!”

He said he spoke to Sarbanand Sonwal, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate, and congratulated him for the performance of the party and the efforts through the campaign.

“BJP will do everything possible to fulfil dreams & aspirations of the people of Assam & take the state’s development journey to new heights,” the Prime Minister said.

“I thank the people of Assam, WB, TN, Puducherry & Kerala for their support & assure them we will always work hard & serve them,” he said in another tweet.

Lauding the efforts of BJP workers in West Bengal for putting up a “spirited performance”, he said they will continue to raise people’s issues there.

“In Kerala, the persistence of the party has paid off today & we will become an even stronger voice of the people,” Modi said.

“I salute all those who built the BJP in Kerala, brick by brick, decade after decade. It is due to them that we are seeing this day,” he added.

Congress on its part today voiced disappointment over election trends in five states as they suggested that the party has lost in Kerala and Assam ruled by it and failed to make a dent in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu despite alliances.

At the same time, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the outcome was “not unexpected” and cited yearning for a “change” as the reason for the party’s debacle in Assam, where three-term Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was leading Congress.

“The results are disappointing but not unexpected. After 15 years Assam was perhaps looking for a change, Kerala is cyclic,” he said.

 

BJP supporters celebrating on streets in Guwahati. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

BJP supporters celebrating on streets in Guwahati. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

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PARTY TOTAL LEAD WON
BJP+ 87 28 59
CONG+ 23 2 21
AIUDF+ 14 6 8
OTH 2 1 1

People Celebrating the Victory 

In Assam, Guwahati welcomes chief minister-presumptive Sarbananda Sonowal

In Assam, Guwahati welcomes chief minister-presumptive Sarbananda Sonowal

Euphoria for BJP workers in Assam

Euphoria for BJP workers in Assam

PM Narendra Modi congratulates BJP workers for historic win; Congress decimated

PM Narendra Modi congratulates BJP workers for historic win; Congress decimated

 

 

Assam Election Results 2016: AGP party workers celebrating their Party’s victory Assam Assembly polls in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI

Assam Election Results 2016: AGP party workers celebrating their Party’s victory Assam Assembly polls in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI

BJP supporters celebrating on streets in Guwahati. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

BJP supporters celebrating on streets in Guwahati. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

AGP workers celebrate their party's win in Assam Assembly election in Guwahati. (PTI photo)

AGP workers celebrate their party’s win in Assam Assembly election in Guwahati. (PTI photo)

Fireworks held aloft at the BJP office in Guwahati

Fireworks held aloft at the BJP office in Guwahati

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