Sonowal to Form BJP Govt in Assam, Ends 15 Years of Congress Rule
The counting of votes for the Assam assembly elections has begun.
Source: India Today
It’s been a good day for the BJP and it’s allies in Assam. The 126-seat assembly saw the BJP claim 61 seats, while it’s coalition partners Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front emerge victorious with 14 and 12 seats respectively.
Indian National Congress and Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF at the close of counting had 26 and 12 seats each to show for their efforts. The Congress would be particularly disappointed as this brings to an end its 15-year rule over the state.
BJP CM designate, Sarbonanda Sonowal, thanked the people of Assam for their support, and stressed that this was a vote for “Poriborton.” He reaffirmed that BJP and its allies will work together towards solving issues like infiltration, sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border, problems of small tea growers, and unemployment, among other major challenges.
Om Mathur and Thawar Chand Gehlot have been appointed as observers for the formation of the state Government in Assam
Assam CM designate, Sarbananda Sonowal, thanks the people of the state for making today’s “victory possible.”
BJP’s victory becomes more important given that Assam is a border state. The government is fully committed to the development of the state, says Amit Shah
There isn’t much reason for the BJP to celebrate. Congress’ decision to contest the elections alone is why the BJP has won in Assam, says Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar
What We Know So Far
- 15 year Congress rule in Assam is ending.
- BJP’s CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal to form the first ever BJP government in Assam.
- Former Congress Minister and now BJP campaign manager, Himanta Biswa has won in Jalukbari
- AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal concedes defeat in his constituency - Salamara South
Rockybul Hussain Loses in Samaguri
Outgoing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s closest asset Rockybul Hussain reportedly loses in Samaguri.
Tarun Gogoi Accepts Defeat Gracefully
With all humbleness we accept the verdict of people of Assam.Tarun Gogoi
I congratulate Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP for their grand success, we will fulfill our role as opposition.Tarun Gogoi
Jairam Ramesh on the Election Results
Results in Assam, Kerala although disappointing for Congress are not unexpected.Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, Congress
Piyush Goyal: People Believe in PM Modi
Delighted with results. People of India have once again given the message that they believe in PM Modi.Piyush Goyal, Member of Parliament
It’s a great day for India. Finally, we’re moving towards an India which doesn’t have the footprints of Congress, almost anywhere in the country.Piyush Goyal, Member of Parliament
Amit Shah Congratulates the Big BJP Players in Assam
Jitendra Singh: BJP in Assam, Win for PM Modi
I thank the people of Assam. It is reiteration of faith of the people in leadership of PM ModiJitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, PMO
Congress Concedes Defeat
Celebrations Begin Outside the BJP Office
PM Modi’s Congratulations Pour out on Twitter
PM Modi Congratulates BJP’s CM Candidate Sarbananda Sonowal
According to reports PM Narendra Modi reached out to BJP’s front-runner Sarbananda Sonowal to congratulate him. Looks like the BJP is all set to form it’s first ever government in Assam.
Badruddin Ajmal Concedes Defeat
Want to congratulate BJP. We have lost because of Congress partyBadruddin Ajmal, Leader of AIUDF
FB Live: What Does The Quint News Room Look Like on Counting Day?
What Does the Young Voter of Assam Want?
Prior to the elections, in March, The Quint caught up with the young Assamese voter. Looks like the sense we got in March, more or less matches with the results today. The young voters clearly preferred BJP.
Sarbananda Sonowal: People Have Voted for ‘Poribartan’
Issues like infiltration, sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border, problems of small tea growers, unemployment – are the major challenges. We will work together (with allies) to resolve these issues.Sonowal told NDTV
We will seal the border to stop infiltrationSonowal to NDTV
The main target is to protect the interest of bonafide citizens, whether Hindu or MuslimSonowal to NDTV
People of Assam were fed up with Congress. They wanted good governance and that is why they voted for BJP and the allianceSonowal to NDTV
BJP’s Ram Madhav Dedicates Victory to The Brahmaputra
Ram Madhav Calls This Election a Big Lesson for Cong
Got full support from media. I’m happy to see there was great excitement in the nation with Assam’s election.Ram Madhav, General Secretary, BJP
This is an opportune and significant time for BJP. We will hold a press conference in the eveningRam Madhav, General Secretary, BJP
This is a big lesson for CongressRam Madhav, General Secretary, BJP
Shashi Tharoor Responds to Biswa’s Comments
Let’s not use anecdotes as metaphors for whats happening in the Congress.Shashi Tharoor on Himanta Biswa’s dig at Rahul Gandhi
Himanta Biswa Talks About the Elections
Himanta Biswa Indirectly Targets Gaurav Gogoi
On a personal note this is a sweet victory, because Rahul Gandhi insulted meHimanta Biswa to India Today
Rahul Gandhi gave me an audience eight to nine times but the conversation was so light, even the dogs came in betweenHimanta Biswa to India Today
Rahul Gandhi shouldn’t favour blue-blooded people.Sarma indirectly targets Gaurav Gogoi on India Today
Excitement at the BJP Office in Guwahati
BJP’s CM Candidate Sarbananda Sonowal in Conversation With NDTV
We have created a unity. People have seen Congress working but failure after failure.Sonowal to NDTV
We want to make assam as the number one state- thats the planSonowal to NDTV
Our strategy has clicked, our alliance partners have worked hard. People of Assam have been wanting this kind of a combination for a long time, they were tired of CongressSonowal to NDTV
I believe what he contributed was unique, he has a bigger role to play in futureSonowal on Himanta Biswa Sarma to NDTV
Bikoya Chakravorty, BJP MP From Guwahati Speaks out on BJP’s Performance
Ajmal Touted in His Own Kingdom
It looks like AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal is trailing by over 8000 votes to Congress’ candidate from Salmara South constituency.
Gap Widening in Early Trends
Latest EC Data on Leads
Shahnawaz Hussain on Counting of Votes
Sarbananda Sonowal on Counting of Votes
Trends According to The Wire
After the completion of counting in the first EVM in Titabor, Tarun Gogoi has won 265 votes, Kamakhya Prasad Tasha bagged 71 votes and CPI got 3 votes.
BJP Workers Gearing up for Celebrations in Guwahati
It’s 8 AM, and Counting Has Begun!
Counting has begun in the five states concluding the long drawn Assembly elections today, 19 May. According to the Election Commission regulations, postal ballots to be opened first, and EVM votes after a half-an-hour wait.
There are 51 centres, 143 rooms, 1771 tables, and 5313 officers involved in counting.
Badruddin Ajmal on Counting of Votes
In Preparation for the Day
I prayed for welfare of people of AssamSarbananda Sonowal, BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate to NDTV
Comments Before the Counting Begins
I don’t accept exit polls, they’ve been proved wrong earlier also.Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam to NDTV
Exit polls were wrong, we will get 30 to 40 seats. I am confidentBadruddin Ajmal, Leader of AIUDF, Assam to ANI
Like Bihar, BJP will only celebrate for first two hours, after that when picture gets clear we will celebrateBadruddin Ajmal, Leader of AIUDF, Assam to ANI
The Main Players
Facing strong anti-incumbency, three-time Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has a stiff competition from the BJP-led alliance. BJP’s front-runner and currently the Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal was a member of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) till 2011, before joining the BJP.
Himanta Biswa Sarma has also emerged as a strong contender. A former member of the Congress, Sarma joined the BJP in 2015.
All India Democratic Front (AIUDF) leader Badruddin Ajmal founded the party six months prior to the 2006 assembly polls and bagged 10 seats on his debut.