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Assam Election Results 2021 Highlights: BJP-led NDA inches closer to victory; state Cong chief resigns

Assam Assembly Election Result 2021 Highlights: The majority mark in Assam is 64. The BJP is looking to create history in the state by becoming the only non-Congress government to win consecutive terms. However, for the saffron party, this election was very different from the other states as Assam was the only place where it was fighting to retain power.

By: Express Web Desk | Guwahati, New Delhi |
Updated: May 3, 2021 12:28:09 am
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Assam Election Results 2021 Highlights: In Assam, the ruling BJP-led NDA is surging ahead of the Grand Alliance spearheaded by the Congress, and is inching closer to another victory, as per the data available on the Election Commission website. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal exuded confidence that the saffron party-led alliance will retain power in the state. Assam has a 126-member assembly and 64 seats are needed for a simple majority.

The ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam has won 48 seats and is leading in 24 assembly seats, while the Grand Alliance led by the Congress has won 24 seats and is leading in 27 seats.

Counting of votes for the Assam assembly elections began at 8 am Sunday amid strict health protocols, as it is taking place amid a raging second wave of COVID-19. A three-tier security apparatus has also been arranged at the 331 counting halls across the state that voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

The BJP is looking to create history in the state by becoming the only non-Congress government to win consecutive terms. However, for the saffron party, this election was very different from the other states as Assam was the only place where it was fighting to retain power.

Leading the alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP), which mainly represent the Bodo and Sarania communities respectively, the BJP faced stiff competition from two corners this year: the first being the Congress-led Grand Alliance of which the minority-backed All India United Democratic Front, the Bodoland People’s Front, which had control over the Bodoland Territorial Council for nearly two decades, and marginal players such as Anchalik Gana Morcha, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI and CPI (Marxist-Leninist); the other was from two newly formed regional parties — the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and the Raijor Dal which emerged out of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests that swept Assam in 2019.

The polling turnouts in Assam in first, second and third phases were 79.93%, 80.96% and 82.33% respectively. The ruling party has contested 92 seats in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad, which has contested 26 seats. In the opposition Grand Alliance, the Congress has contested 94 seats, whereas Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF has contested 14.

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Assam Election Results 2021 Highlights: BJP-led NDA set for 2nd term; Election Commission protocols amid Covid-19 second wave; the polling turnouts were 79.93%, 80.96% and 82.33% in the first, second and third phases respectively; BJP looks to create history by winning consecutive terms.

22:27 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam results: BJP-led NDA wins 48 seats, leading in 24

The ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam has won 48 seats and is leading in 24 assembly seats. The BJP alone has won 35 and is leading in 22, while its partners - Asom Gana Parishad has won eight and ahead in one seat; United People's Party, Liberal has won five seats and is leading in one seat, as per the data on the Election Commission website.

The Grand Alliance led by the Congress has won 24 seats and is leading in 27 seats.

22:15 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam Congress chief resigns post poll debacle

Following the poll debacle, Congress's Assam president Ripun Bora resigns, sends letter to Sonia Gandhi.

21:43 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam polls have broken 'jinx' that minorities don't vote for BJP: Jitendra Singh

With the ruling BJP-led alliance in Assam set to form the government for the second consecutive term, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the assembly poll has broken the "jinx" that minorities do not vote for the saffron party as it has received huge support in the Muslim dominated areas and constituencies. 
      
He hoped that in the second term of governance, Assam will, along with the entire north eastern region, emerge as a leading player in the post-COVID economy and growth for not only the north east but of the whole of India. 
    
"Just as the northeast is today cited as an example of a development model across the country, it has also emerged as a role model for COVID management," said Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. (PTI)

21:40 (IST)02 May 2021
Himanta Biswa Sarma wins for fifth time, sidesteps query on chief ministership

After winning a fifth consecutive term in Assembly polls, BJP leader and senior Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that he did not want to talk about who would become the next chief minister of the state as the decision will be taken by the party's central parliamentary board. Speculations were rife that Sarma would be the new CM as BJP had not projected any name for the top post.
         
"I do not want to talk about this. Our parliamentary board will decide about it," Sarma told reporters when asked if he would be the next chief minister.

21:36 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal wins from Majuli: EC

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of BJP won from Majuli defeating Rajib Lochan Pegu of Congress, said the Election Commission.

19:13 (IST)02 May 2021
BJP to form govt in Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government, said Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, as the party is headed for a second term in the state. Speaking to reporters, he added that the Chief Minister will also be from the BJP

He further said the BJP will continue to work for the development in the state.

18:31 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam results: BJP-led NDA wins 2 seats, leading in 73

The ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam has won two seats and is leading in 73 assembly seats. The BJP alone has won two and is leading in 54, while its partners - Asom Gana Parishad is ahead in 11 and United People's Party, Liberal in 8 seats.

The Congress is leading in 28 seats, while its allies AIUDF in 14 and Bodoland People's Front in two, as per the trends.

16:15 (IST)02 May 2021
Rajnath Singh congratulates PM Modi, CM Sonowal on BJP’s impressive victory in Assam

With the BJP looking to retain power in Assam once again, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Sarbanand Sonowal and party president J P Nadda on BJP’s 'impressive victory' in the state.

In a tweet, Singh said the pro-people policies of the Modi-led government and the state government under Sonowal have once again helped the BJP in winning the assembly elections in Assam. 

16:04 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam results: BJP workers celebrate as party leads in 57 seats

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers celebrate by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati, as official trends show BJP leading in 57 seats in Assam.

15:44 (IST)02 May 2021
Grand Alliance of opposition parties will from govt in Assam: Congress

The Congress has claimed that the Grand Alliance of opposition parties will emerge victorious and form the government in Assam once final results are out despite trends showing comeback for BJP.

The ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam is leading in 74 assembly seats. The BJP is leading is 55, while its partners - Asom Gana Parishad is ahead in 11 and United People's Party, Liberal in 8 seats.

The Congress is leading in 28 seats, while its ally AIUDF in 14 and Bodoland People's Front in two, as per the trends.

14:38 (IST)02 May 2021
Picking the leadership would be a big challenge for BJP

Picking the leadership would be a big challenge for the party considering the hold and influence Sarma has obtained in the state unit and in the BJP overall. He is considered the backbone of the BJP in the northeast region and believed to be enjoy Shah’s confidence when it comes to the party’s affairs in the region. But the party has to have a reason to replace Sonowal, who delivered in the last term. Sonowal enjoys a clean image, but apparently does not have Sarma’s clout inside the party, said BJP insiders. The party leadership would also have to reward Sarma, who had apparently been promised of the top post long back, for his contribution for the party in the state and in the region.

14:23 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam makes its choice, now BJP has to choose between Sonowal and Sarma
(L-R) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Home Minister Amit Shah and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati in 2019 (Express Photo by Dasarath Deka)

Despite the BJP’s landslide win in Assam, it seems the party is not going to have an easy time deciding its chief minister nominee. Usually, the BJP projects an incumbent chief minister in places where it is trying to retain power, but it has not announced Sarbanand Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate in Assam. All queries to the leadership usually end up with the reply that the party parliamentary board will take a call.

On Sunday, as the party managed a clear lead in the counting, Jay Panda, BJP vice-president and in charge of Assam, repeated it when asked who would be the chief minister: “Our Parliamentary Board will take a decision” While Sonowal managed to beat the so-called fatigue against his incumbent government, Himanta Biswa Sarma has also emerged as the face of the BJP in the last few years. His management of the Covid-19 pandemic situation and his leadership as the finance minister have helped the BJP secure a clear lead over the Congress-led combine in the state.

13:53 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam polls: NDA ahead in 77 seats, trends indicate victory

The ruling BJP-led NDA in Assam is leading in 77 assembly seats, while the Grand Alliance spearheaded by the Congress is ahead in 40 places, according to the trends available in the Election Commission's website.

The BJP is leading in 62 seats, and its partners- Asom Gana Parishad is ahead 10 and United People's Party, Liberal in seven constituencies. Congress candidates are leading in 26 seats, while those of its ally AIUDF in 11 and Bodoland People's Front in three.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP chief and minister Atul Bora are leading from Majuli, Jalukbari and Bokakhat. Congress president and MP Ripun Bora and leader of the opposition in the assembly Debabrata Saikia are trailing in Gohpur and Nazira.

13:51 (IST)02 May 2021
EC orders FIR over celebratory congregations in anticipation of poll victory

With the counting of votes underway, the Election Commission Sunday said it has taken a stern view of reports of congregation of people to celebrate anticipated victory, and has asked the chief secretaries concerned to file an FIR in each case and suspend the police station in charge where such gatherings happen. 

Responding to queries about reports of celebratory gatherings by supporters of political parties, an EC spokesperson said the poll panel has taken a serious note of some reports of congregations of people to celebrate anticipated victory. 

"The ECI has directed CS (chief secretaries) of all five states to file FIR in each such case, suspend the SHO of the concerned police station and report action taken immediately of each such incidence," the spokesperson said.

12:58 (IST)02 May 2021
People blessed us, BJP to retain power in Assam: Sonowal

Elated over the initial trends of Assam poll results, which showed that the BJP has an edge over its rivals, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday exuded confidence that the saffron party-led alliance will retain power in the state.

The ruling BJP-led NDA is surging ahead of the Grand Alliance spearheaded by the Congress in Assam, leading in 77 of the 119 seats, trends available on the Election Commission website at 12.15 pm showed.

"People have blessed us. We can say for sure that the BJP will form government in Assam. We are coming back to power with our partners AGP and UPPL," Sonowal told reporters. Asked if the ruling coalition will be able to bag 100 seats, as claimed by the saffron camp ahead of the polls, he said, "The trends are completely in favour of the BJP. The party will achieve its target. However, we will have to wait for the final results."

Sonowal is maintaining a comfortable lead in Majuli constituency. 

12:49 (IST)02 May 2021
Explained: Why counting of votes is slow; what does it mean?
At Netaji Indoor Stadium counting station in Kolkata, west Bengal. (Express Photo)

Counting of votes across four states and one union territory is slower than usual today

To maintain social distancing, the Commission had capped the maximum number of voters per booth at 1,000 — down from 1,500 for each assembly election. This has prompted a sharp increase in the number of polling stations. For instance, in West Bengal, the number of polling stations has increased by roughly 32%, from 77,413 in 2016 to 1,01,916. In Kerala, there’s almost a 90% increase in polling stations, from 21,498 to 40,771. More polling stations means an increased deployment of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). More EVMs mean a longer wait for the final result. It is this which is causing counting to be slower than usual.

There has also been a spike of 400% in the number of votes polled through postal ballots — from 2.97 lakh in 2016 to 13.16 lakh this time — across the five states and one union territory. This, too, is expected to add to the wait.

12:14 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam election results: NDA ahead on 71 seats, Grand Alliance in 38

NDA leading in 71 seats, Grand Alliance ahead in 38 in Assam, according to trends. 

11:41 (IST)02 May 2021
Assam election results: BJP ahead on 50 seats, Congress on 19

Official trends for 98 seats | BJP leading on 50 seats, its ally Asom Gana Parishad on 11. Congress leading on 19 seats, its ally AIUDF on 9.

11:36 (IST)02 May 2021
Clear BJP will form govt in Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal as first trends show NDA leading

This is what Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has to say: "As per the trends, it is clear that Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government in Assam."

11:31 (IST)02 May 2021
Trouble for Congress in Assam

In Assam, Congress Legislative Party chief and his deputy Debabrata Saikia and Rakibul Hussain are trailing from Nazira and Samaguri respectively. The BJP, if current trends hold, is set to form government in Assam. The BJP+ are currently leading in 80 while the Congress+ is leading in 36.

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Senior leaders of the party, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had repeatedly spoken about going past the 100-mark which, as per the exit polls, looks like a distant dream.

What the exit polls have predicted:

The India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted wins in 75-85 seats for the NDA. The Congress’s grand-alliance is likely to win 40-50 seats, it says.

The Manorama News-VMR exit poll has also predicted the same numbers of seats for the ruling and opposition alliances.

The P-MARQ exit poll says the grand alliance might win 56-64 seats. The BJP is likely to get 62-70 seats, it says.

The Republic TV-CNX exit poll also predicts an easy win for the BJP. According to the poll, the BJP and its allies are winning 74-84 seats, whereas the Congress-led alliance will win 40-50 seats.

The ABP News-C Voter poll predicts a neck-and-neck contest. It says the NDA win will 58-71 seats; the Congress-led alliance is likely to win 53-66 seats.

News 24-Today’s Chanakya exit poll says the BJP-led alliance is likely to win 70 seats. The grand-alliance might win 56 seats, it says.

What was BJP's trump card this year?

One of the BJP’s trump cards this Assembly polls was its steady consolidation of its Hindu vote base. Over the years, the BJP has sought to politicise the issue of influx in Assam, often accusing the previous Congress governments of harbouring illegal Muslim immigrants in exchange for political support. It is this narrative that helped them come to power in 2016 and this time as well, the party followed a similar course, denouncing the Congress-led alliance as an “Alliance of Mughals” that is opposed to Assam’s indigenous interests.

Senior BJP leader and Assam cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had launched a blitzkrieg against the alliance for including AIUDF into its fold. Sarma said the Congress’s alliance with the AIUDF turned these polls into a “conflict of civilisations” alleging that the AIUDF was a communal party, referring to the party’s predominantly Bengali Muslim base.

The Congress, ahead of the polls, was also fighting to fill up the void that former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s death left. Moreover, it hoped to woo tea tribes with its Rs 365 daily wage and ST status promises, but going by the exit polls, the gardens seem to remain on the saffron party’s side, just like it did during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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