Congress tally at 52, 18 seats
less than 2001
Congress is all set to bounce back to power in the state. Despite not
getting a clear majority, the party notched up a tally of 52 seats which is
still lower by 18 seats over the total number of 70 constituencies that it
had won in the 2001 assembly elections. The Congress had only one pre-poll
alliance, that too with the BPPF (Hagrama)group which has swept all seats in
the BTAD region. The Congress will now stake its claim to form the
government with its tally of 52 seats and Hagrama’s 12 seats. However, a ray
of dejection accosted Congress as the party’s many heroes and stalwarts who
were also contenders for the Chief Minstership suffered humiliating defeat.
Congress to elect CLP leader on May 13
Guwahati, May 11, Though the Congress have grabbed 52 seats
in the state Legislative Assembly, the party has fallen short of 18 seats to
make an absolute majority. Significantly, the Congress is all geared up to
form the government with the Hagrama faction of the BPPF which has won 12
seats. Meanwhile, the Congress leadership has despatched three senior
leaders including Mohsina Kidwai and AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh
to Guwahati. The meeting of the newly elected Congress Legislature Party
will be held at Guwahati on May 13 to elect its leader. Chandan Bagchi, who
is in charge of party affairs in Assam, expressed confidence that the
Congress would be able to form the government again with the help of
Congress set to
create history in Assam
Guwahati, May 11 (IANS) The ruling Congress
is all set to create electoral history by becoming the first party in the
last 30 years to form a government in Assam for a second successive term.
The Congress won 52 seats in the 126-member assembly for which results
were declared by the evening.
"This is true we are set to create history as no party had won the
elections in succession since 1978 in Assam. This is a positive vote for
peace and development that our government ushered in during the past five
years," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told IANS.
The main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had won 24 seats. Its
alliance partner - the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) - won two.
The CPI, another of AGP's ally, won one seat.
The Hagrama Mohilary faction of the Bodo People's Progressive Front (BPPF-H),
an ally of the Congress, won seven seats.
dissidents defeated, Gogoi set to lead
Guwahati, May 11 (IANS) Assam Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi is all set to lead the government for the second
successive term, putting aside speculation that his leadership was
There had been bitter bickering within the Congress ahead of counting
with the state party president Bhubaneswar Kalita making a desperate bid
for the chief minister's chair. Ironically, Kalita himself lost the
A majority of Congress candidates known for their anti-Gogoi stand were
defeated in the elections - notable among them besides Kalita being
former power minister Debananda Konwar and transport minister Anjan
"I am still maintaining that I am not really bothered who becomes chief
minister. My only concern is to see that the Congress party wins the
elections," Gogoi told IANS.
Counting of votes today
GUWAHATI, May 10: The month-long confusion created by the exit and opinion
polls on the possible outcome of the Asom Assembly election will come to an
end tomorrow when the counting of votes will begin at 8 a.m. in as many as
47 counting centres in the State.
many as 19,723 EVMs, which have been kept heavily guarded in 47 strong
rooms, would be opened tomorrow morning for counting amidst tight security.
The counting will also give a clear picture of facts like which party or
parties will head the 12th Asom Government, what will be the possible
equation of parties, etc.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed for peaceful
counting and bursting of high decibel firecrackers in public places has been
banned from tomorrow till May 20, official sources said.
The fate of 997 contestants, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, AGP
president Brindabon Goswami, AGP-P president and former Chief Minister
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, AUDF president Badruddin Azmal and his party, former
Union minister Bijoya Chakravarty and others, would be decided tomorrow.
The poll results have much to do on the political career of Brindabon
Goswami. If the regional party makes it to Dispur, Goswami has to prove his
political acumen by setting all the odds in the State in his and party’s
favour, but if the party fails to form the Government, both Goswami’s career
and regionalism will be at stake.
Elections for the 126 constituencies were held in two phases on April 3 (65
seats) and April 10 (61 seats) last.
Our Correspondent adds from Jorhat: With barely 12 hours left for the
crucial vote count which will pave the way for the formation of the 12th
Asom Assembly, the 25 candidates in the fray for the five Assembly
constituencies in the State will pass a sleepless night tonight before the
electronic voting machines, in which their fates are sealed, are opened
tomorrow morning for the number crunching. It may be mentioned here that the
Assembly polls in the State were conducted in two phases on April 3 and 10.
The polling was held in the five seats here on April 3.
The major attraction will be the verdict at 100 Titabor LAC where Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi is the Congress nominee. Gogoi is likely to have an
easy sail there in the absence of any strong rivalry from any of the other
parties in contention. The constituency registered a polling percentage of
70.86 in the April 3 polls.
All eyes will also be set on the prestigious 98 Jorhat Legislative Assembly
Constituency where sitting MLA and Asom Gana Parishad general secretary
Hitendra Nath Goswami is pitted against Congress nominee and former Jorhat
Zilla Parishad chairman Rana Goswami. Though three more candidates are also
in contention, it is likely to be a straight contest between the AGP and the
Congress candidates. In the last Assembly elections in 2001, Goswami, who
was a former Power Minister in the AGP-led coalition Government, had bagged
39,421 votes. His nearest rival, Padma Nath Sarma of the Congress, got
33,380 votes. The constituency recorded a voting percentage of 63.52 in the
last polls, while the voter turnout was a healthy 70.06 per cent this time
As many as nine candidates contested the Jorhat seat in the 2001 polls but
there are four candidates less in this year’s polls. Apart from the two
Goswamis, there are three more nominees – Jadab Doloi of the Bharatiya
Janata Party, Amardip Singh of the Janata Dal (United) and Ms Deepanjali
Bora of the AGP (Progressive) – whose fates will be known tomorrow.
In the event of a victory for the Congress candidate, it will be a major
setback for the AGP which has retained the Jorhat seat since 1985.
Though Congress candidate and sitting legislator Membor Gogoi stands on
relatively firm ground in 102 Teok LAC, which registered a brisk polling
percentage at 76.03, the prospects of his party colleague Aroti Hazarika
Kachari in the 97 Dergaon constituency (reserved for scheduled castes) are
not that bright. There was dissent among the supporters of sitting MLA and
minister Hem Prakash Narayan after he was denied a Congress ticket to fight
the polls there. Dergaon also registered a high voting percentage of 76.06.
The results of the tea tribe-dominated 101 Mariani LAC, where the voter
turnout was 73.96 per cent, will also be eagerly awaited by the five
candidates in the fray. The main contestants are Alok Ghosh of the NCP,
Rupjyoti Kurmi of the Congress and Palit Kumar Bora of the BJP.
AUDF backtracks on post poll alliance with
Guwahati, May 10
In sharp contrast to its
earlier announcement, the Asom United Democratic Front has said that it has
so far not decided over forging post-poll alliance with any other party. The
party supremo Badruddin Ajmal told NE TV over phone that though many parties
were in touch with them, they have not taken any decision in this regard.
Whatever decision will be taken, it will be taken in consultation with the
party MLAs, he further added.
Hagrama announces open support to Congress
Guwahati, May 9
Fearing a decrease of seats in this assembly polls in Asom, the Congress has
left no stone unturned to retain power for the second consecutive time. Asom
Chief Minister’s blue eyed boy Himanta Biswa Sharma has been camping in New
Delhi lobbying for the Tarun Gogoi camp before the party high command.
Meanwhile the BPPF (Hagrama) faction on Monday had announced open support to
the Congress on government formation.
Stage for counting in Asom
Guwahati, May 10
The fate of 997 candidates
including Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, AGP President Brindaban Goswami
and AUDF Supremo Badruddin Ajmal will be known on Thursday when the votes
will be counted. Elaborate security arrangements have been made at the
counting centres. Central paramilitary forces will assist the state police
in maintaining vigil during the counting.
The Sonitpur District
Administration has taken measures to make public the various arrangements
made to make the counting peaceful in the district. Already additional
security forces have been deployed in the district.