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As it happened: BJP's historic victory in Assam ends Tarun Gogoi's 15-year rule

The counting of votes for the Assam polls will begin soon. Three exit polls have stated that BJP will win in Assam and end Tarun Gogoi’s chief ministership.

Anshu Lal May 19, 2016 15:57:30 IST
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As it happened: BJP's historic victory in Assam ends Tarun Gogoi's 15-year rule

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Latest constituency-wise trends

Dhubri: AIUDF Najrul Haq leading over BJP rival Debamoy Sanyal by over 400 votes.

Golakganj: BJP Ashwini Rai Sarkar leading by over 1,500 votes over Congress rival Abdus Sobahan Ali Sarkar.

Gauripur: BPF sitting MLA Banendra Mushahary trailing behind AIUDF candidate Nijanur Rahman.

Nalbari: BJP Ashok Sarma leading by 3,496 votes over Congress' Pradyut Kumar Bhuyan.

Dharmapur: Former Minister and sitting MLA Nilomoni Sen Deka of Congress trailing behind BJP contestant and former minister Chandra Mohan Patowary by over 2,092 votes.

Barkhetri: BJP Narayan Deka leading over Congress' Diganta Barman by 2,997 votes.

South Salmara: AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing behind Congress candidate Wajed Ali Choudhury by 2,504 votes.

Bilasipara East: AIUDF's Moshlem uddin Choudhury leading over BJP's Ashok Kumar Singhi by 1,720 votes.

Bilasipara West: AGP's Ali Azom Sheikh leading ove AIUDF's Hafiz Bashir Ahmed by 3,362 votes.

Kokrajhar (East): Former minister and BPF candidate Pramila Rani Brahma leading over her nearest UPP rival Pratibha Brahma by 975 votes.

Kokrajhar (West): BPF's Rabiram Narzary leading over former Rajya Sabha MP and UPP's U G Brahma by 2013 votes.

Rangiya: BJP's Bhabesh Kalita leading over Congress candidate Ghanshyam Kalita by 6,203 votes.

Hajo: BJP'S Suman Haripriya leading over Congress candidate Dulu Ahmed by 3,545.

Karimganj (North): Sitting Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha leading over nearest AIUDF candidate Sahibul Islam Choudhury by 1,136 votes.

Badarpur: AIUDF'S Abdul Aziz leading over sitting Congress MLA Jamaluddin by 2,945 votes.

Barhampur: Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is leading by 3,257 votes over his nearest Congress rival Suresh Bora.

Sibsagar: Speaker of the outgoing Assembly Pranab Gogoi is leading by 896 votes over BJP's Surabhi Rajkonwar.

Moran: Former Union Minister and prominent Tea tribe leader Paban Singh Ghatowar is trailing behind BJP's Chandradhar Gogoi by 4,015 votes.

Golaghat: PWD Minister Ajanta Neog is behind BJP's Bitupan Saikia by 267 votes.

Samaguri: Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Rakibul Hussain is trailing behind Jitu Goswami of BJP by 1,323 votes.

Silchar: Bithika Dev, wife of former Congress Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev, is ahead by 2,776 votes over BJP's Dilip Kumar Paul. - PTI

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May 19, 2016 - 15:52 (IST)

BJP won in Assam because Congress contested alone: Nitish Kumar

"There is not much reason to celebrate for BJP. They (BJP) won (in Assam) because Congress decided to contest alone," ANI quoted Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as saying.

May 19, 2016 - 15:50 (IST)

BJP leaders in Patna celebrate over Assam victory

May 19, 2016 - 15:49 (IST)

The results in Assam so far

May 19, 2016 - 15:46 (IST)

May 19, 2016 - 15:45 (IST)

Victory in Assam is a very important one: Amit Shah

"Assam's victory is important in many ways, given that it is a border state. Government is committed to the development of the state," ANI quoted Amit Shah as saying.

"Every ally is important and has contaributed to the victory but the BJP alone has also performed very well," he added.

May 19, 2016 - 15:12 (IST)

Badruddin Ajmal defeated by Wajed Ali Choudhury

AIUDF Chief and Dhubri Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal loses to Congress candidate Wajed Ali Choudhury by 16723 votes in South Salmara.

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 15:10 (IST)

Congress loses in Moran, Bokajan, Bilasipara East and Tingkhong

Moran: Former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar of Congress defeated by BJP's Chakradhar Gogoi.
Bokajan: BJP's Numal Momin wins over Congress rival Klengdoon Engti by 4,744 votes.
Boko SC: Nandita Das of Congress defeated Jyoti Prasad Das AGP by 17,600 votes.
Bilasipara East: Ashok Kumar Singhi of BJP defeated Amrit Badshah (Congress) by 5,096 votes.
Tingkhong: Sitting Congress MLA Atuwa Munda lost to Bimal Borah (BJP) by 18,338 votes.

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 15:04 (IST)

With Congress accepting defeat in Assam, the local office Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati wears a deserted look. 

PTI

May 19, 2016 - 14:59 (IST)

People have shown faith in PM Modi: Piyush Goyal

Terming the mandate in Assam a result of people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Bharatiya Janata Party is emerging as an alternative in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

"People have shown faith in the central government under PM Modi. The northeast which was not developed for last 70 years is now being developed. He has won the hearts of the people by developing the country," Goyal told reporters in New Delhi.

He said it is because of corruption by the Congress that it lost in Assam.

IANS

May 19, 2016 - 14:45 (IST)

Congress wins Nazira, loses in Katlichera and Dergaon

Nazira: Sitting Congress MLA Debabrata Saikia retains the seat by defeating BJP's Prahlad Goala by 14,855 votes.

Katlichera: AIUDF's Suzam Uddin Laskar defeated six-time Congress MLA and minister Gautam Roy by 15,084 votes.

Dergaon: Sitting Congress MLA Aroti Hazarika Kachari loses to Bhabendra Nath Bharali of Asom Gana Parishad by 16,227 votes.

PTI

The counting of votes for the crucial Assembly Elections in four states and a Union Territory will begin at 8 am and will be over by 3 pm, according to the Election Commission.

In a high turnout two-phased poll exercise, Assam had voted on 4 and 11 April to elect members to the 126-seat Assembly.

The state recorded an impressive voter turnout of 82.21 percent after the second phase of voting.

The counting would be conducted across 51 centres in 143 rooms on 1,171 tables determining the political future of 1,064 candidates.

As it happened BJPs historic victory in Assam ends Tarun Gogois 15year rule

Representational image. AFP

Congress, which under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is seeking a fourth straight term in power, has fielded 122 candidates, BJP 89, its allies AGP 30 and BPF 13, AIUDF 74, CPM 19 and CPI 15. The CPI (ML) fought in seven seats, SUCI in 24 and independents contested in 497 seats. Others accounted for 174 candidates. The Congress had left four seats for its ally UPP.

Three exit polls have stated that BJP will win in Assam and end Gogoi’s 15-year chief ministership. Axis-India Today predicted BJP will win 79-93 seats, ABP-Nielsen gave BJP 81 seats and NewsX-Chanakya gave BJP 90 seats. According to TimesNow C-Voter exit poll, the BJP and allies would get 57 seats, the Congress 41, AIUDF 18 and others 10.

However, Gogoi was confident of a victory. “I don't see why there will be anti-incumbency. I trust the people of Assam, they know how much development has happened under us,” Gogoi had told ANI.

Earlier, when asked if his former ministerial colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma's turning to the BJP had cost the Congress dearly, Gogoi had said, "The poll result will speak for itself."

He had said that the Congress had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election even as Sarma was one of the main campaigners for the party. "We'll do much better compared to the Lok Sabha elections this time. His leaving has not affected the party at all," Gogoi had said.

The incumbent chief minister had also alleged that the BJP-led Central government was giving "step-motherly" treatment to the border state and had withdrawn the "Special Category status" given to Assam under which the state would get 90 percent grant from the Central government for its budget.

In 2011, Gogoi had returned to power for the third time in Assam as the Congress won 78 seats in the 126-seat Assembly.

While some of the surveys had been accurate in predicting a Congress victory, some wrongly predicted a hung Assembly after the last Assembly polls. The CNN-IBN survey had said that Gogoi was going to return as CM with a tally of 64 to 72 seats. However, the Mail Today-India Today-Headlines Today-Aaj Tak-ORG opinion poll had predicted a hung Assembly in Assam, with Congress winning just 46 seats.

Now, a victory in Assam would testify to the continuing appeal of the ruling BJP, while defeat elsewhere would reflect Prime Minister Narendra Modi's difficulties in making inroads against the Congress stronghold.

In his campaign rallies, Modi had vowed to plug the international boundary with Bangladesh to stop illegal influx from the neighbouring country as it has become a rising discontent among the indigenous people. The results should be a snapshot of Modi's performance as he approaches the half-way mark of his five-year tenure.

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