The ruling Congress party in Assam has lost the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) election,the results for which were declared on Saturday. While Rabha Hasong Joint Movement Committee (RHJMC) has swept the election,this is the second defeat for the Congress in autonomous tribal council elections in three months.
The RHAC election,which was held in Goalpara and parts of Kamrup district where the Rabha community has a substantial population,was held in three phases last month amid a series of violent incidents. Groups representing a section of the non-Rabha communities had opposed the elections. In February,about 20 persons had lost their lives when the Rabhas opposed the panchayat elections.
In the 36 segments comprising Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) where elections were held,RHJMC won in as many as 30 segments. The Congress came a poor second with three seats,followed by the BJP with one. Three seats went to Independents and Asom Gana Parishad drew a blank. The RHJMC was formed by All Rabha Students Union that has been demanding exclusive autonomy for the Rabha tribals in the two districts.
On Sunday,the state unit of Congress constituted a four-member fact-finding committee headed by former MP Bishnu Prasad to go into the details of why the party fared so poorly. The APCC is not making any comment right now. Let the committee submit its report within two weeks, said the Congress.