Contrary to trends in other states of the country, the BJP has not only registered significant vote-share gain in the assembly by-elections in Assam, but also added one seat to its kitty, taking the saffron party’s strength in the state assembly up to six at the expense of the Congress.
Election was held for three assembly segments – Silchar, Lakhipur and Jamunamukh – with the final results showing that the Congress, BJP and AIUDF winning one seat each. Of these, while BJP wrested Silchar from the Congress, the AIUDF and Congress retained Jamunamukh and Lakhipur respectively.
Pointing out the BJP’s gain, state party spokesman Adip Kumar Phukan said, “While we (BJP) wrested Silchar from the Congress, we also increased our vote share there by over 14,000 in comparison to the Lok Sabha election of May. The BJP vote-share has also increased marginally in Lakhipur.” While Silchar fell vacant after sitting Congress MLA Sushmita Dev was elected to Lok Sabha, election was held in Lakhipur due to death of Congress’s DP Goala.
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) of Mumbai-based perfume tycoon and Dhubri (Assam) MP Badruddin Ajmal on the other hand not only retained Jamunamukh but further increased its vote share. Ajmal’s second son Abdul Rahim Ajmal won the seat. The Jamunamukh assembly segment fell vacant after sitting MLA and Badruddin’s brother Sirajuddin Ajmal was elected to Lok Sabha from Barpeta.
In Jamunamukh however the BJP’s vote share slid down from about 17,000 in the May LS elections to 13,868. In contrast, the Congress vote-share has jumped in Jamunamukh by about 17,000 in comparison to the May Lok Sabha polls.
Tripura: CPI(M) retains Manu
In Tripura, the ruling CPI(M) retained the Manu (ST) assembly seat with Prabhat Chowdhury defeating Mailafru Mog of the Congress by 5788 votes. While Chowdhury got 21,759 votes, his rival Mog polled 15,971 votes. While the seat fell vacant after sitting CPI(M) legislator and Tripura industry minister Jitendra Choudhury was elected to Lok Sabha, the Congress reduced its margin of defeat by about 900 votes.
Sikkim: Ruling SDF lose
In Sikkim, the ruling SDF lost the Rangang-Yangang assembly constituency to Independent candidate Rup Narayan Chamling despite the fact that the seat was won by none other than SDF supremo and chief minister PK Chamling winning it along with Namchi-Singhithang in the April assembly elections. Rup Narayan Chamling, who defeated SDF candidate Kumari Manger by a margin of 708 votes, incidentally is an younger brother of the chief minister.
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