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Assam Election Results 2021: Sonowal Thanks Modi for Victory, Himanta Says BJP Will Decide Next CM After 5th Straight Win

The Congress has claimed during campaigning the state has "two chief ministers", in an apparent reference to rumours of Sarma and Sonowal being rival power centres.

News18.com | May 02, 2021, 20:55 IST

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.

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'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.

May 02, 2021 19:56 (IST)

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'.

May 02, 2021 19:52 (IST)

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. 

May 02, 2021 19:24 (IST)

BJP MLA Terosh Gowalla has won the Duliajan constituency. He was trailing behind INC's Dhruba Jyoti Gogoi, but took the lead to win. 

May 02, 2021 19:22 (IST)

Assam state assembly poll results, according to ECI at 7:15pm. 

May 02, 2021 19:00 (IST)

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.

May 02, 2021 18:50 (IST)

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. 

May 02, 2021 18:47 (IST)

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.

May 02, 2021 18:46 (IST)

Akhil Gogoi Wins From Sibsagar | Independent candidate and activist Akhil Gogoi has won from Sibsagar Constituency. He was in the lead since the counting began. 

May 02, 2021 17:55 (IST)
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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.

May 02, 2021 17:38 (IST)

Sonowal Wins Majuli | CM Sarbanand Sonowal who was leading in the race has won once again from Majuli Constituency.

May 02, 2021 17:26 (IST)

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. 

May 02, 2021 17:15 (IST)

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 

May 02, 2021 16:54 (IST)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal. 

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Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) workers celebrate by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati. 

May 02, 2021 15:52 (IST)

BJP's Hemanga Thakuria has maintained their lead in Palasbari. Right now, Hemanga Thakuria has polled 15588 votes and is leading over INC candidate Jatin Mali, who has polled 10962 votes.

May 02, 2021 15:43 (IST)

At the end of the 11th round of counting, Karimuddin Barbhuyan of AIUDF has 41263 votes,  BJP's Aminul Haque Laskar at 32711.Barbhuyan leading by 9727 votes. 

May 02, 2021 15:41 (IST)

Rekibuddin Ahmed of Indian national Congress wins by 33540 votes in Chaygaon constituency. 

May 02, 2021 15:17 (IST)

AT the end of 10th round, Zakir Hussain Laskar of AIUDF leading with 56163 votes in Hailakandi 

BJP at 16122
Leading 40041 

May 02, 2021 15:12 (IST)

Hafiz Rafiqul Islam Leading by 50,188 votes after round 7/21 in Jania (Barpeta)

AIUDF - 54,596
BJP - 4,408
RD - 1,889

May 02, 2021 15:04 (IST)

Nandita Das of Indian National Congress leading by 36752 votes in the Boko constituency in Assam. 

May 02, 2021 15:02 (IST)

BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma is leading in the constituency by a margin of 11,415 votes. Sarma has amaassed 14254 votes and has left INC's Romen Chandra Borthakur behind who is trailing at 2839 votes. 

May 02, 2021 14:52 (IST)

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.

May 02, 2021 14:47 (IST)

Akhil Gogoi leading BJP's Surabhi Rajkonwar by 1936 votes. This is Gogoi's first election that he is fighting. 

May 02, 2021 14:29 (IST)

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. 

Assam Election Results 2021: Sonowal Thanks Modi for Victory, Himanta Says BJP Will Decide Next CM After 5th Straight Win
File photo of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

“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.

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