Home / Politics / Policy /  Tarun Gogoi to resign as Assam chief minister after Congress election rout

Guwahati: After Friday election results, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged as the single largest party in Assam, winning seven seats of the 14 Lok Sabha seats. Ruling Congress party and main opposition party All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have won two and three seats respectively and an independent in one. Fate of one seat remained undecided.

And following the drubbing at the hands of BJP, Tarun Gogoi offered to resign as Assam chief minister and admitted that “Modi factor" did influence the poll results in the state.

A major loss for Congress has been that of the outgoing Union DONER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, five time member of Parliament (MP) from Dibrugarh constituency, who has been drubbed by BJP’s Rameswar Teli by 1,85,347 votes.

In Tezpur, BJP’s Ram Prasad Sarmah defeated Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) Bhupen Borah by 86,006 votes.

BJP is set to win Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nowgong, Gauhati and Mangaldoi seats. Results of the remaining Lok Sabha seats are yet to be announced with EVM glitches reported in several constituencies.

Returning officers have sought the Election Commission’s permission to declare the results where leads are unassailable, official sources said.

The highest winning margin in the state was in Kokrajhar(ST) constituency with Independent candidate former ULFA battalion commander Naba (Hira) Sarania leading over former Rajya Sabha MP and Independent U.G. Brahma by 3,55,779 votes.

As per the trends outgoing Union minister of state for tribal affairs Ranee Narah was set to lose to BJP state unit president Sarbananda Sonowal who stole the march over her by 3,03,264 votes.

In Jorhat, six time Congress MP Bijoy Krishna Handique is also facing a rout in the hands of BJP’s tea and youth leader Kamakhya Prasad Tassa who was ahead of him by 1,02,420 votes.

Meanwhile, chief minister Tarun Gogoi and the Congress leadership in Assam on Friday admitted that the “Modi factor" did influence the poll results in the state. Referring to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Gogoi said, “Modi’s misinformation campaign on Bangladeshis being settled in Kaziranga National Park did influence the electorate."

“Modi’s campaign was propaganda-oriented and his announcement that all Bangladeshis will be asked to leave the country was also a factor in the polls," he said. “These are emotional issues and the people do get influenced by such propaganda," he said, adding that BJP’s performance could not be attributed to Modi’s popularity but his propaganda.

In contrast, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita attributed BJP’s performance to the ‘Modi wave’. “The Modi wave is definitely responsible for the BJP’s performance. There is no unity in that party in many places, but they have managed to do well," Kalita said. Modi’s campaign improved the party’s prospects despite the party being inherently weak in the state, he said.

“The campaign by BJP was not by the party alone, but also by RSS and Bajrang Dal," he said. PTI

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