The three-phase Assam Assembly elections were held on March 27, April 1 and April 6. NDA, UPA, URF and others are in fray.
The contest is expected to be between the BJP-led Mitrajot (group of friends) and the 10-party Mahajot or grand alliance headed by Congress while the regional front of Assam Jatiya Parishad and jailed activist Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal is expected to spring a surprise in a few seats.
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Crowded counting stations
Video | Crowds at counting centres cause worry
The counting of votes for the 822 Assembly seats spread across West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry is underway.
At a time when the country is facing a surge in COVID-19 the counting centres can also become superspreaders. The ECI had issued strict guidelines to be followed during the process of counting votes. 2,364 counting halls have been set up following the COVID-19 protocols.
Despite this, several counting centres remained crowded throughout the counting process. Watch here.
Trend in Bengali-dominated Barak Valley
Congress-AIUDF combine is leading in 9 constituencies while BJP is leading in 6 out of a total of 15 seats in the Bengali-dominated Barrak valley.
The BJP had won eight seats in 2016 from these southern Assam districts.
AGP leads in Bongaigaon over Congress
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury of AGP leading in Bongaigaon over Congress rival.
The AGP is betting on Mr. Choudhury to win the Bongaigaon seat for the eighth consecutive time.
Sum Ronghang trailing
Hill Areas Development Minister Sum Ronghang of Congress is trailing in Diphu behind his BJP rival.
He had quit the BJP and joined the Congress after he was denied a ticket by BJP. Mr. Ronghang, who held the portfolios of Hill Areas Development, besides Mines and Minerals, was one of 11 MLAs to whom the BJP denied a ticket.
BJP will form govt. in Assam: Sonowal
Elated over the initial trends of Assam poll results, which showed that the BJP has an edge over its rivals, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday exuded confidence that the saffron party-led alliance will retain power in the state.
“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.
Trends at 12.30 p.m.
Trends at 12.30 p.m.
Trends at 12.30 p.m.
The trends at 12:30 p.m. for 119 out of 126 seats is as follows:
BJP+ leading in 77 seats,
Congress+ in 41, and
Independents in 1 (Akhil Gogoi of Raijor Dal)
Track the constituency-wise trends here.
Two party presidents trailing
State Congress chief Ripun Bora is behind Utpal Borah of BJP in Gohpur and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi is trailing in both Duliajan and Naharkatiya constituencies.
The AJP was launched in September 2020 by members of the influential All Assam Students’ Union, of which Mr. Gogoi was the general secretary, and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad. The party was an outcome of the anti-CAA movement in Assam.
Muslim candidates of BJP leading
Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar, BJP’s only Muslim MLA, is leading in Sonai constituency over AIUDF rival.
Kadiruzzaman Zinnah in Laharighat is leading over his Congress rival.
Abu Bakar Siddique in Bilasipara West over AIUDF rival.
Ministers Pramila Rani Brahma and Chandra Brahma trailing
BPF leaders and Ministers Pramila Rani Brahma and Chandra Brahma trailing from Kokrajhar East and Sidli constituencies to UPPL’s Lawrense Islary and Joyanta Basumatary respectively.
Pramila Rani Brahma is Assam’s Social Welfare Minister. She is seeking a re-election from the same constituency of Kokrajhar East.
Assam Tourism Minsiter Chandan Brahma, too, is seeking a re-election.
Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami of the BJP is trailing Congress nominee Rana Goswami in Jorhat.
Mahajot leading in 26 constituencies
The ruling BJP-led NDA is leading in 61 seats, while the Grand Alliance spearheaded by the Congress is ahead in 26 places, as per trends on the EC website.
BJP candidates are leading in 44 seats, while those of its ally AGP in 11.
The Congress has established initial leads in 18 places and AIUDF in six.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are leading by 18,923 and 85,935 votes from Majuli and Jalukbari seats respectively.
Congress’ Debabrata Saika, Rakibul Hussain trailing
Congress Legislative Party chief and his deputy Debabrata Saikia and Rakibul Hussain both are trailing from Nazira and Samaguri.
Mr. Saikia has won the Nazira constituency in 2011 and 2016. His father Hiteshwar Saikia won from the constituency 6 times and his mother Hemoprobha Saikia has won twice.
AGP chief leading
AGP chief and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora is leading in Bokakhat.
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is leading in six constituencies so far.
Akhil Gogoi leading from Sibsagar
Raijor Dal chief and jailed rights activist Akhil Gogoi is leading from Sibsagar with 5,702 votes or over 58% of the votes counted so far.
He contested the election in absentia.
With movable property worth ₹70,497, Mr. Gogoi was the poorest of a quartet of party presidents whose Assembly constituencies in eastern Assam went to the polls in the first phase on March 27.
Counting trends as on 10.20 a.m. on May 1, 2021.
Track the constituency-wise counting results here.
Chief Minister leading in Majuli
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is leading in Majuli constituency with over 66% of the votes counted so far.
Finance and Health Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma is also leading. He is the face of the BJP in the northeast and seeks to win Jalukbari for the fifth straight term.
BJP leading in 11 seats
The BJP is leading in 11 seats while its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and UPPL are leading in 4 and 2 seats, respectively.
The Congress is leading in 4 constituencies while its Mahajot ally Bodoland People’s Front is leading in 2.
BJP and allies confident of retaining power, Congress of dislodging the alliance
Assam had a voters’ turnout of 82.04%, a tad less than the 84.72% recorded in 2016.
The BJP and its allies – Asom Gana Parishad, United People’s Party Liberal and Rabha Joutha Mancha – is confident of retaining power with more than 80 seats. If they do, it will be the first instance of a non-Congress party to secure a second successive term in Assam.
The Congress had ruled for three straight terms from 2001 to 2016 under former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The Congress too is confident of dislodging the BJP-led alliance by winning at least 75 seats. Its allies in the Mahajot include the All India United Democratic Front, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) and and Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Counting begins amid “airtight” security
The counting of votes for 126 Assembly constituencies in Assam elections began at 8 a.m. May 2 across 331 halls amid “airtight” security and adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
Three alliances had contested the three-phase elections held on March 27, April 1 and April 6. But the contest is expected to be between the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Mitrajot (group of friends) and the 10-party Mahajot or grand alliance headed by Congress while the regional front of Assam Jatiya Parishad and jailed activist Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal is expected to spring a surprise in a few seats.
Analysis | Assam Assembly election can decide future of several players
The outcome of the poll could determine the direction of the debate around the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). While there is a view elsewhere that both the CAA and the Supreme Court-mandated exercise of updating the NRC are exclusionary processes, in Assam there is considerable support for the NRC and opposition to the CAA.
That explains why the Congress claims credit for piloting the NRC project while staunchly opposing the CAA since it discriminates on the basis of religion.
Data | Voter turnout lower in 90% of seats compared to 2016
Compared to the 2016 Assembly election, turnout decreased in 90% of the 530 seats in the four States where voting for the 2021 State polls took place on April 6.
Nearly 86% of seats in Tamil Nadu, 95% in Kerala, 90% in Assam, and all the seats in Puducherry recorded lower turnout than in 2016. Despite the fall in numbers, 80%-plus voter turnout was recorded in more than 60% of the seats in Assam and Puducherry.
In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, on the other hand, only 17% and 6% of the seats recorded turnouts more than 80%. In Tamil Nadu, in 6% of the seats, mostly in urban areas, the turnout was less than 60%.
Take a look at the maps depicting the constituency-wise turnout in Assam in 2021.
Counting day eve
Counting staff take precautions against COVID-19