BJP and its allies on Thursday secured simple majority by bagging 64 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly. BJP alone has won 44 seats and is leading in 17 while its allies Asom Gana Parishad won eleven seats and led in three others and Bodo People’s Front retained nine seats and was leading in three others.
Prime Minister Narendra 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.
Congress, which had 68 seats in the outgoing House, managed to win only 21 seats and was leading in just four
others. The performance of the main opposition party in the outgoing assembly AIUDF turned out to be poor as it won only nine seats and was leading in four others. Compounding its owes, its chief Badruddin Ajmal lost to Congress candidate Wajed Ali Choudhury in South Salmara.
BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal won a convincing victory in Majuli (ST) seat and outgoing Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi did so in Titabor.
BJP’s state election convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, who left Congress to join the saffron party, romped home with a record margin 85,935 votes over Congress candidate Niren Deka.
AGP President Atul Bora won against sitting Congress MLA Arun Phukan by 40,193 votes, while his party colleague and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta defeated his Congress rival Suresh Bora by a margin of 4558 votes in Baharampur.
Real time updates on Assam election results 2016:
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# “Heartiest congratulations to Modi ji and Shah ji for the historic and grand win in Assam,” Mahrashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.
# The victory in Assam is very crucial. It is a border state from where a Congress Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)
ruled for 10 years and now we have been able to have our own government. It is a big achievement: Amit Shah.
# “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: Tarun Gogoi.
# Accept verdict with humility will play role of constructive opposition as desired by people of Assam: Tarun Gogoi.
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Sarbanand Sonwal over phone, says BJP will do everything possible to fulfill dreams of people of Assam.
# Sincerely grateful to people of Assam for giving us opportunity to work for development of state: Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP.