The Bhartiya Janata Party, with its allies AGP and United People’s Party Liberal, has won the Assam Assembly Elections 2021 and will be forming government for the second term. BJP has secured 60 seats out of a total of 126 seats.
While Indian National Congress (INC) managed to win only 29 seats according to Election Commission.
Along with this, All India United Democratic Front registered to win on 16 seats, Asom Gana Parishad with 9 seats, Bodoland Peoples Front won on 4 seats.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) won only on 1 seat, United People’s Party and Liberal won on 6 seats respectively.
Even before the Election Commission finally announced the result, wishes from right wing started to pour in on social media after BJP tasted a sour defeat in West Bengal and Kerala.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had congratulated Bhartiya Janata Party for winning the Assam Assembly elections. He tweeted, “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.”
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
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal managed to reclaim his seat at Majuli after defeating former Congress Minister Rajib Lochan Pegu by 43,192 votes. He has won this seat for the second time.
He thanked Bhartiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Modi for his success in Assam elections. However it is not clear who will be the next Chief Minister of the State.
Among the prominent candidates who won is State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who reclaimed his Jalukbari seat for the fifth time. He defeated his Congress opponent Romen Chandra Borthakur by a whopping 1,01,911 votes. In the 2016 Assembly elections he managed to gain of 85,935 votes.
Meanwhile, Independent candidate and activist Akhil Gogoi of Raijor Dal has won from Sibsagar, he in jail since December 2019 on charges of sedition for allegedly inciting violence during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act movement. He has defeated his longtime rival Surabhi Rajkonwari of the BJP by a margin of 9,064 votes.
Former All Assam Students’ Union and anti-CAA leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi also contested from Assam Jatiya Parishad has won from Naharkatia.
With this, BJP has become the first non-Congress party to form the government for a consecutive second term.