As­sam Cong Be­gins Pre­ma­ture Cel­e­bra­tion

The party’s claims of good show based on the feed­back it re­ceived from booth-level mi­cro-man­age­ment team

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

tra­di­tional voter, tea tribe. The vot­ing per­cent­age, which is around 82.20%, is higher to Lok Sabha poll per­cent­age of 80.16 where BJP won seven out of 14 seats. BJP is in­ter­pret­ing the in­creased turnout as the ver­dict of change. In 2014, BJP was lead­ing at least 69 Assem­bly seg­ments out of which at least 29 were in Congress citadel tea belt of Up­per As­sam.

As­samPradeshCon­gressPres­i­dent (APCC) pres­i­dent Anjan Dutta said that Congress will wrest 40 to 45 seats and there are around 9 seats where it has 50% chance.

How­ever, an­a­lyst se­ri­ously doubt the Congress claim. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Haider Hus­sain told ET: “Congress has made huge gains in the tea gar­dens es­pe­cially in Di­bru­garh and Tin­sukia and Jorhat ar­eas be­sides it has got the votes of Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Up­per As­sam. But there is se­ri­ous doubtif they­have­m­an­aged­to­corner


Mus­lim votes across the Barak val­ley.” He said that there is in­di­ca­tion All In­dia United Demo­cratic Front (AIUDF) has man­aged to cor­ner Mus­lim votes in Barak val­ley which may cost the Congress three to four seats.

“In towns, BJP has done ex­cep­tion­ally well, Ahom votes have gone to Congress de­pend­ing upon the con­stituency but Congress has not been able­to­getvote­sof oth­er­com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Hindi speak­ing, Ben­gali.”

He said a young voter, which is around 10 lakh num­ber in en­tire As­sam, has in first phase over­whelm­ingly voted for BJP. “Both Congress and BJP are neck to neck and will be be­low 30 seats in first phase while AIUDF will get around 5 seats.”

BJP chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date Sar­bananda Sonowal said that there is over­whelm­ing re­sponse in favour BJP and al­lies. RIGHT CHOICE: Tea tribe women af­ter cast­ing their votes dur­ing the first phase of elec­tions in As­sam on Mon­day.

Congress MP and As­sam CM Tarun Go­goi’s son Gau­rav Go­goi with Congress’ Palas­bari con­stituency can­di­date in a road rally on Tues­day.

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