The BJP managed to beat the incumbency factor as well as massive anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) sentiments with the ruling NDA was ahead of the Congress-led Grand Alliance with leads and wins in 73 seats in the 126-member House in Assam. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal won from Majuli constituency, Finance and Health Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma won from Jalukbari for the fifth straight term. Incarcerated anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi won from Sibsagar, according to Assam assembly election results.
The BJP won or led in a total of 58 seats while its ally AGP won or led in nine and the UPPL in six. Sonowal said the people had blessed them. “A victory for Barak-Brahmaputra, Hills & Plains. Thank you Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi,” he said. “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. Sarma said the BJP will soon form the government in the state and the party will decide who will be made the next chief minister.
The BJP had projected the then Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal as its chief minister before the assembly polls in 2016, but the ruling party did not announce any name for the top post this time. Speculations were rife that Sarma would be the new CM.
The people of Assam have again blessed the NDA’s development agenda and the pro-people track record of our Government in the state. I thank the people of Assam for the blessings. I appreciate the hard work of NDA Karyakartas and their untiring efforts in serving the people.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2021
असम में एक बार पुनः भाजपा को पूर्ण बहुमत मिलने पर असम की संस्कृतिशील जनता व समस्त पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं का हृदय से आभार।— Narendra Singh Tomar (@nstomar) May 2, 2021
असम की जनता ने प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी द्वारा चलाई जा रही जनकल्याणकारी योजनाओं को प्रतिसाद दिया एवं पुनः सुशासन व विकास को चुना है, बधाई।
'Polls Fought on Strength of Pro-incumbency' | Assam assembly polls was fought by the BJP on the strength of pro-incumbency and this indeed was a unique feature of this election, says MoS Dr jitendra Singh.
Nadda Lauds Party Victory | BJP national president JP Nadda also took to twitter to laud the party's victory in Asam. Nadda thanked the people of Assam for 'showing faith in the NDA administration with this massive mandate'.
Thank you Assam for showing faith in the NDA administration with this massive mandate. The state stands strongly with PM @narendramodi ji’s vision of progressive & prosperous Assam. I congratulate @sarbanandsonwal ji, @RanjeetkrDass ji , @himantabiswa ji & every Karykarta of BJP.— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) May 2, 2021
Earlier in the day CM Sarbanand Sonowal had said, '“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." Sonowal, who continously maintained a lead in his constituency Majuli, won comfortably.
Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government and the CM will also be from BJP, to continue development in the state, Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday.
Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government and the CM will also be from BJP, to continue development in the State: Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma pic.twitter.com/P4ZhpG7mTK— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Sarma Urges Workers to Show Restrain for Celebrations | Keeping in mind the pandemic situation, Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged party workers to follow restraint and do not get together for celebrations.
APPEAL 🙏— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 2, 2021
After the #AssamPolls results are out, I humbly urge all to kindly follow restraint and do not get together for celebrations. Please let's all remember we are in the midst of #COVID19 pandemic and how Hon PM Sri @narendramodi is leading this battle from the front.
Prasanta Phukan of BJP Wins | Prasanta Phukan of BJP hs won Dibrugarh. In the 2016 Assam Assembly elections, Prasanta Phukan of BJP won in this seat by defeating Chandra Kanta Barua of INC by a margin of 27,374 votes which was 26.11% of the total votes polled in the constituency. BJP had a vote share of 61.02% in 2016 in the seat.
Jitendra Singh Lauds Party Victory | As the BJP makes its way towards victory in Assam, party leader Jitendra Singh thanked the people of the state, saying the party realized the benefit of the government both at the state and the Centre.
#AssamAssemblyPoll: I thank the people of #Assam from the bottom of my heart for having reposed faith in #BJP and voted in support from across all the sections to give a second term with a spectacular decisive mandate. Credit goes to PM Sh @NarendraModi who— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) May 2, 2021
Assam Chief minister Sarbanand Sonowal took to Twitter to laud the party's win in the state. Sonowal called the win a 'victory for Barak-Brahmaputra, Hills and Plains' and also thanked PM Modi.
Himanata Biswa Sarma wins Jalukbari constituency. Sarma took to Twitter to announce his win and thanked the people of Jalukbari, PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda
@BJP4India won Jalukbari LAC-by a margin of 1,01,911 votes.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 2, 2021
It would be my Privilege to represent the constituency for 5th consecutive term.
My gratitude to the people of Jalukbari,Honble PM @narendramodi , HM @AmitShah and national president @JPNadda
JAI AAI ASOM,JAI HIND
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal.
Congratulations @sarbanandsonwal on being blessed by the people of Assam. Carrying forward people centric policies of @PMOIndia & @BJP4India with @JPNadda leading from the front, you have well served the state. Wishing FM @himantabiswa for his energetic role. @BJP4Assam— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) May 2, 2021
The pro-people policies of Shri @narendramodi led Govt & the state Govt under @sarbanandsonwal have once again helped the BJP in winning assembly elections in Assam. Congratulations to PM Modi, CM Sonowal, Adhyaksh Shri @JPNadda & karyakartas on BJP’s impressive victory in Assam.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 2, 2021
Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) workers celebrate by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati.
Assam: Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) workers celebrate by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati, as official trends show BJP leading in 57 seats. pic.twitter.com/Eh32Irc8Io— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Good Turnout in Polling Phases | Assam saw a polling turnout in first, second and third phases as 79.93%, 80.96% and 82.33% respectively. The ruling BJP contested 92 seats in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad, which contested 26 seats. In the opposition Grand Alliance, Congress contested 94 seats and the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF has contested 14.
How Leading Candidates are performing | In Assam, some of the key candidates' performances as follows:
In Majuli, CM Sarbananda Sonowa is leading, whereas in Jalukbari, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been leading. In Bokakhat, AGP chief Atul Bora leads while Gohpur saw Congress president and MP Ripun Bora trailing.
“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. The Congress has repeatedly claimed during campaigning that the state has “two chief ministers”, in an apparent reference to rumours of Sarma and Sonowal acting as rival power centres.
The Election Commission began counting votes for the 126 assemblies in Assam elections amid a three-tier security arrangement and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols. The vote-counting is underway across 331 halls.
The voting for the Assam Assembly elections, which was held in three phases — March 27, April 1, and April 6, was concluded on April 6 with an impressive turnout of 82.04%.
In Assam, the BJP is in alliance with the regional parties of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), forming the ‘Mitrajot’. The Congress formed ‘Mahajot’ (Grand Alliance) with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation (CPI (ML)L), Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
On Saturday, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Sushil Chandra, reviewed the counting arrangements with senior EC officers and the CEOs of the four states and the UT at a virtual meeting on Saturday. He directed that all laid-down instructions of the EC must be adhered to. He also directed that the counting halls must be fully COVID guidelines compliant.
The commission has designated 822 returning officers and more than 7,000 assistant returning officers for the purpose of counting of votes in the four states. Nearly 95,000 counting officials, including micro-observers, will perform the task of counting. No candidates or their agents will be allowed inside the counting halls without a negative coronavirus report, according to the latest result-day guidelines issued by the EC.
Upper Assam is the biggest among all the three major regions in the state, with 56 Assembly seats. The electorate in 47 of these constituencies is voting on Saturday, March 27, in the first phase. The electoral outcome in this region is crucial in determining the fate of the next government in many ways.
First, this is the biggest region in Assam, accounting for nearly 44 per cent of the total Assembly seats in the state—whichever party has a decisive lead here would inch closer to forming the next government in the state. Second, this has been a stronghold of the ruling BJP since the last few elections, where the party (and its alliance partner/s) has not only increased its vote share but also widened the vote share gap with the main opposition party, the Congress (see chart below). Third, in pre-Covid Assam, this region saw a much intense protest, compared to rest of Assam, against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA. Many students and student unions had participated in protests; therefore, it would be interesting to see how people in this region vote.