Assam Cong Begins Premature Celebration
The party’s claims of good show based on the feedback it received from booth-level micro-management team
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.