New Delhi, May 16: ABP-Nielsen has released the results of exit polls for Assam. BJP is winning the elections with a resounding mandate. The survey predicts 81 seats for the alliance of BJP, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front. Congress has slipped down to 33 seats, whereas the AIUDF has secured only 10 seats, as per the exit poll results.Also Read - Assam Lockdown: State Relaxes Restrictions, Allows 200 People At Weddings, Religious Functions | Full Guidelines Here
|Indian National Congress||33|
|Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance||81|
|All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)||10|
The assembly elections in Assam was fought largely on the issue of unemployment and threat to the ethnic population. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was accused of adopting a policy of appeasement towards Bangladeshi Muslims, which has led to their dominance in the state’s socio-political sphere. The alliance of BJP-AGP-BPF promised to eradicate the menace of Bangladeshi infiltration, and revoke the voting rights of those settlers who migrated in the state from Bangladesh after 1971. Also Read - Viral Video: Woman Performs Bihu Dance on Manike Mage Hithe, Video Delights People | Watch
Incumbent Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi faced a massive anti-incumbency of 15 years. Despite being ruling the state for last three terms, Congress has once again projected the 79-year-old veteran leader as their next chief ministerial candidate. Also Read - Only To Curb Trans-Border Crimes: BSF Says Jurisdiction Increased For CrPC Act, Passport Act
BJP has gained immensely from the switch over of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the architect of Congress’ 2011 victory to its side. Sarma was miffed with the Congress high command who repeatedly ignored his recommendations for improving the situation of party after the debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
If BJP ends up winning Assam, this would be the ninth state which would be ruled by the saffron party. In terms of population, BJP would now maintain its jurisdiction over 36 per cent of the nation. If Congress ends up losing, it will have its government left in only seven states.
Results of Assembly Elections 2011
|Indian National Congress||78|
|All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)||18|
|Bodoland People’s Front (BPF)||12|
|Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)||09|
|Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)||05|
|Trinamool Congress (TMC)||01|