The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form the government in Assam for the second consecutive term after an emphatic win in the north-eastern state. The saffron alliance won 75 seats, while the opposition ‘Grand Alliance’ comprising the Congress, AIUDF and eight other parties drew 50.
In the NDA clan, BJP won 60 seats, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) 9 seats, the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) 6.
The opposition ‘Grand Alliance’ comprising the Congress, AIUDF and eight other parties won 50 seats.
Bodoland People’s Front won 4, while Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front clinched 16 seats.
The ruling BJP was seeking to return to power amid competition from ‘Mahajoth’ or ‘Grand Alliance’ comprising the Congress, AIUDF, Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), and CPI(M).
Big-ticket candidate Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal defeated his nearest Congress rival and former Congress Minister Rajib Lochan Pegu by 43,192 votes to retain his Majuli seat for the second consecutive term.
Sonowal said the people had blessed them. “A victory for Barak-Brahmaputra, Hills & Plains. Thank you Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi,” he said.
Star campaigner and State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also retained his Jalukbari constituency for the fifth consecutive term defeating his Congress opponent Romen Chandra Borthakur by a whopping 1,01,911 votes, improving upon his previous record of 85,935 votes in 2016.
Sarma said the BJP will soon form the government in the state and the party will decide who will be made the next chief minister.