BJP bags maximum seats in Upper Assam; ‘Alliance with AIUDF worked against Congress’

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HT Correspondent

Dibrugarh, May 3: Upper Assam has been a strong bastion for the saffron party which is proved again in the recently Assam Assembly elections results of which were declared on Sunday.

Earlier, it was dominated by Congress after the Indian Independence but after 2016 the people largely tea tribe people who are the deciding factor in elections switched to saffron fold.

The Congress had used all their muscle power and introduced the Chhattisgarh model to ‘woo’ the voters during election but somewhere it didn’t work.

BJP had given several welfare schemes to the tea tribe people in their last five years rule in Assam and committed to work more for them.

Congress top leaders including Rahul Gandhi campaigned in upper Assam and promised even 5 Congress guarantees but it also didn’t work for the party to regain their seats in upper Assam.

“The tea tribe people didn’t have faith in Congress because they have done nothing for them in their past rule. Paban Singh Ghatowar, who was a former Union minister from Dibrugarh representing the tea tribe had done nothing for the community. The main blunder of Congress was alliance with AIUDF. If Congress contested the election alone then its performance would have been better in Upper Assam. AIUDF is known as communal force and the people don’t like them in Upper Assam fearing that if they come to power they will support infiltration,” said Dibrugarh-based educationist Dhiraj Saikia.

In the phase election was held in 47 constituencies in Upper Assam and most of the seats were bagged by the BJP.

All the seven LAC in Dibrugarh was bagged by BJP and its alliance. In all the five LAC’s in Tinsukia, BJP won comfortably.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned for AGP candidate Punakon Baruah in Chabua which was comfortably won by AGP. Chabua which witnessed massive protest during Citizenship Amendment Act, but it didn’t impact the BJP in their election. BJP have tactically handled the CAA and other burning issues with their mastery in politics which Congress failed to understand,” said Rupak Bhattacharya, a political analyst.

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