Assam Election Results 2016: Narendra Modi’s BJP scripts history, unseats Congress’ Tarun Gogoi

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Guwahati | Updated: May 20, 2016 9:13:43 AM

Assam Election Results 2016: The BJP on Thursday was set to form its first government in the northeast, ousting the Congress in Assam after its 15-year uninterrupted rule. BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal promised that the new government would leave no stone unturned to fulfil the expectations of the people of Assam.

BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal flashes victory sign with party leader Mahendra Singh at a victory procession after the party's thumping win the Assam Assembly polls, in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI Assam Election Results 2016: PM Narendra Modi campaigned extensively in the state to give the party a boost. BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal flashes victory sign with party leader Mahendra Singh at a victory procession after the party’s thumping win the Assam Assembly polls, in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI

Assam Election Results 2016: The Narendra Modi led BJP on Thursday was set to form its first government in the northeast, ousting the Congress in Assam after its 15-year uninterrupted rule. BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal promised that the new government would leave no stone unturned to fulfil the expectations of the people of Assam.

With results still pouring in, the Bharatiya Janata Party alliance looks set to bag over 85 seats in the 126-member assembly.

As per latest reports, the BJP has won 56 seats and is leading in four, while its alliance partners, Asom Gana Parishad has won in 12 and is leading in two seats, while the Bodoland People’s Front(BPF) has won 10 seats and is leading in two. The Congress has won 23 seats, and is leading in three, while its partner United peoples’ Party (UPP) has drawn a blank.

The principal opposition party in the outgoing Assam legislative assembly, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) could win only 13 seats (11 won and leading in two) compared to 18 seats it won in the last assembly elections in 2011. The results have dashed the hopes of the AIUDF, which had hoped to play kingmaker.

One Independent candidate, Misbaul Islam lascar also won from the Borkhola constituency in Barak Valley defeating Congress heavyweight Rumi Nath.

Sarbananda Sonowal expressed happiness over the results and said the party would put in its best efforts to fulfill the expectations of the people of Assam.

“The greater Assamese society in Assam spontaneously responded to the appeal of BJP and its alliance partners and it led us to victory. The people of Assam have been suffering due to the misrule of the Congress in Assam. So they supported the BJP and its allies to form the government,” Sonowal said, addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here on Thursday evening.

“The people of Assam wanted a change. They wanted their identities to be protected and protection of their culture, pride and tradition. So for this the people have supported us and we are going to fulfill the expectations of the people,” he said, while assuring that the party is determined to carry out the Vision Document prepared ahead of the polls and ensure its timely implementation.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi accepted defeat and said the party will play the role of a constructive opposition in the Assam legislative assembly in the coming days.

“We accept the mandate of the people. I thank the people of Assam for giving us three terms to serve them. Now the people want us to sit in the opposition and play the role of a constructive opposition and I thank the people for that,” said Gogoi while addressing the newsmen.

“It is only natural to feel bad about the result but I am not depressed. In democracy, one has to accept the verdict of the people and we have accepted that. We are going to try our best to play the role of a constructive opposition,” he said.

“I am thankful to the people that they have not abandoned the Congress completely. May be there are some shortcomings on our part or may be that the people have expected more from us than we delivered,” he said.

Gogoi said that he had already congratulated Sarbananda Sonowal for the victory. “It is a grand success for them. The BJP, the AGP and the BPF came together this time and won the polls,” he said.

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Reiterating that he’ll be still active in politics, Gogoi said that ups and down are the part of a politicians’ life. “I have seen many ups and downs in all my life be it in the national politics or in Assam,” he added.

Gogoi said the party is going to analyze the loopholes and deficiencies of the party and also the factors that led the BJP and its allies to victory.

The BJP win has given hope to the people that the saffron party will live up to its promises.

The BJP has not only assured to end the existing corruption in Assam under the Congress rule but also to bring change and development and give employment to the youth of the region and end infiltration from Bangladesh by sealing the Indo-Bangladesh border.

“The people of Assam have been frustrated at the corruption of the Congress government, particularly in the last term of the government under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Although the Congress had also assured to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border and give employment to the people in 2001, nothing much changed in the three terms under the Congress government,” Ananta Hazarika, a resident of Guwahati in Assam, told IANS.

“The BJP’s win means a lot to Assam. The Bangladeshi infiltration has not stopped even though 30 years have elapsed since the signing of the Assam Accord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have assured that the Indo-Bangladesh border will be sealed to end the problem of infiltration,” Rakesh Thakur, a resident of Central Assam’s Nagaon district, told IANS while expressing hope that people like him will get employment.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar blames Cong decision to go it alone in Assam for defeat

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today attributed BJP’s maiden victory in Assam to Congress’ decision not to go for an alliance in the assembly polls.

Kumar, whose JD(U) wanted Congress to fight Assam polls in tie-up with AIUDF and RJD, today credited BJP’s victory in the north eastern state to the latter succesfully “stitching up an alliance”.

The JD(U) chief said there is “nothing surprising” in the assembly election results, which were “totally on expected lines”.

Assam Election Results 2016, Assam election result, Assam election result 2016, assam election news, assam election news 2016, election results, live election resultsAssam Election Results 2016: AGP party workers celebrating their Party’s victory Assam Assembly polls in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI

Assam hoping BJP will live up to promises

(IANS) With the BJP making it to Dispur, people in Assam will now be watching the change that the saffron party has promised to win the hearts of the majority of the people in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been trying hard for the last few years to make inroads into India’s northeast, has not only assured to end the existing corruption in Assam under the Congress rule but also to bring change and development and give employment to the youth of the region and end infiltration from Bangladesh by sealing the Indo-Bangladesh border.

“The people of Assam have been frustrated at the corruption of the Congress government, particularly in the last term of the government under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Although the Congress had also assured to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border and give employment to the people in 2001, nothing much changed in the three terms under the Congress government,” Ananta Hazarika, a resident of Guwahati in Assam, told IANS.

“Although there is no charge of any corruption against the chief minister, yet I feel that he had failed to control the ministers in his cabinet who had developed an indifferent attitude towards the problems and issues of the people,” he said, adding that people have responded to the appeal of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoping that there would be real development in Assam and that youth will get employment.

“The BJP’s win means a lot to Assam. The Bangladeshi infiltration has not stopped even though 30 years have elapsed since the signing of the Assam Accord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have assured that the Indo-Bangladesh border will be sealed to end the problem of infiltration,” Rakesh Thakur, a resident of Central Assam’s Nagaon district, told IANS while expressing hope that people like him will get employment now.

“The prime minister during his visits to the northeast often tells that the northeast has tremendous potential for development and has assured to create employment opportunities for the youth. There are over 23 lakh unemployed youth in Assam at present and each one of them is looking at the prime minister and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Assam Sarbananda Sonowal in the days to come,” Thakur said.

He said that the BJP-led government at the Centre had taken many steps soon after coming to power. “We hope the new government in Assam will take concrete steps for overall development of Assam and other part of the region,” he added.

While the anti-incumbency factor affected the ruling Congress negatively in Assam during this poll, the saffron party had also played on the issues of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, unemployment and lack of development in the region to win over the people.

Narendra Modi congratulates Sarbananda Sonowal, people of Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP’s chief ministerial face in Assam, and congratulated him and the people of the state for the party’s landslide victory.

Sonowal said the Prime Minister told him to convey to the people his best wishes and assured his support for development of the northeastern state where BJP handed a crushing defeat to Congress, which was in power for 15 years.

Sonowal said he thanked the Prime Minister and told him that BJP could win the support of people of Assam because of Modi’s hard work in leading the country in the path of development.

Earlier, 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.

He also lauded the efforts of BJP workers in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, saying they put up a “spirited performance”.

“Across India, people are placing their faith in BJP and see it as the party that can usher in all-round and inclusive development,” Modi said.

We accept defeat with all humbleness: Gogoi

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said he accepts the defeat in the Assembly polls with “all humbleness” and congratulated BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal and his party for the victory.

“We accept the peoples’ verdict with all humbleness. We will play the role of an effective and constructive opposition by serving the people of Assam,” Gogoi said at a press conference here.

The veteran Congress leader congratulated BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and termed his party’s victory as “grand success”.

“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,” Gogoi said.

On Congress’ performance in the election, the three-time chief minister said it was not easy to win for the fourth consecutive term.

“I am not disheartened but of course I am sad and it is natural. Ups and downs are part of life and I have seen many ups and downs in my political life. People have not left us.

We had faced worse defeat than this in the hands of AGP after the Assam agitation,” Gogoi said.

“There must have been some deficiencies and mistakes. We will analyse those,” he said.

When asked whether he will continue to be in active politics, Gogoi said, “I will continue to be 100 per cent in active politics.”

To another query, he declined the possibility of forming an alliance with AIUDF.

Checking illegal infiltration top priority: Sarbananda Sonowal

Sealing the Indo-Bangla border to check illegal infiltration will be top priority of the BJP government in Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, who led the party to its maiden victory in the crucial North eastern state and is all set to be the Chief Minister, said today.

Elated over BJP’s spectular victory in Assam dethroning 15-year rule of Congress, Sonowal said protecting the interests of bonafide Indian citizens, whether they are Hindu or Muslims, will be the focus area of the BJP government.

“First of all we will have to seal the Indo-Bangla border to stop infiltration. We have to prepare within a time frame the NRC ( National Register of Citizens) with the names of bonafide Indian citizens. These are two big challenges,” 54-year-old Sonowal said.

Influx of Bangladeshis through the porous Indo-Bangla border has been a major issue in Assam and BJP and its allies had promised during the election campaign to check it.

Sonowal said containing corruption will be another focus area. He said people were fed up with Congress and they wanted change and good government.

“People have accepted our winning combination. This is a great victory. People of Assam have been looking for such a combination… Our main target is to protect the interests of bona fide Indian citizens, whether they are Hindu or Muslims it doesn’t matter.

“We have to protect the interests of greater Assamese society, which include Assamese, Bihari Marwaris, Bengalis, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs… We have to work together, live together and fight together,” he said soon after it became clear that BJP for the first time would get a majority in the 126-seat state Assembly.

The Union Minister played down challenges to him from within the winning alliance, saying they all have to work together.

BJP had stitched an alliance of virtually all regional parties, which represent various sections of indigenous population, to take on Congress and AIUDF, accusing the two parties of supporting infiltrators, mostly Bangladeshi Muslims.

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