The high-octane elections in the northeastern state of Assam was contested between the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the resurgent Indian National Congress (INC) party that plans to stomp back to power after an illustrious 15-year rule under the Late Tarun Gogoi, when it secured 86 out of the total 126 Assembly seats.
The results for the fiercely fought elections will be announced today that will determine whether Sonowal will win a second consecutive term in the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party- led alliance in Assam includes the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL).
The INC stitched a ‘Mahajot’ or a ‘broad alliance’, comprising the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM) and the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF).
Jailed activist Akhil Gogoi’s party, the Raijor Dal, formed an alliance with the Assam Jatiya Parishad.
The BJP is riding high on the performance of Sonowal’s governance over the past five years, implementing the Centre’s initiatives and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal.
Exit polls on 29 April predicted a return of the ruling party.
As per the Times Now C-Voter survey, the BJP-led NDA is expected to bag anywhere between 53 to 66 seats and return to power.
India Today-Axis My India exit poll claimed that the NDA is likely to win 75-85 out of the 126 seats. The BJP may get 61-65 seats, AGP 9-13 and UPPL 5-7. The INC-led Mahajath is expected to garner 40-50 seats and others may get 1-4 seats. INC may get 24-30 seats, AIUDF 13-16 and BPF 3-4.
ABP News-CVoter exit poll stated that BJP-led NDA is predicted to get 58-71 seats and INC-led Mahajath 53-66 seats and others 0-3 seats.
Assam election 2021 results – Updates:
- “ECI takes serious note of reports coming in of congregation(s) of people to celebrate anticipated victory. EC has directed Chief Secretaries of all 5 states to file FIR in each such case, suspend concerned SHO and report action taken immediately of each such incidence,” the Election Commission of India said in a statement today.
- As per the latest trends, Sonowal is leading in Majuli constituency, while Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Asom Gana Parishad chief Atul Bora are leading from Jalukbari and Bokakhat, respectively. Assam Congress chief Debabrata Saikia is trailing from Nazira by a faint margin of 194 votes.
- “People have blessed us. As per the trends, it is clear that Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government in Assam,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is leading from Majuli, said.
- The ruling BJP-led NDA has surged ahead of the ‘grand alliance’, or ‘Mahajot’, led by the INC, leading in 82 out of the total 126 seats, with the UPA ahead in only 44 as of 12:30 PM.