Ruling BJP and allies in Assam wipe out municipal elections

On Wednesday, the ruling BJP and its allies in Assam wiped out the polls of civic bodies by winning elections in 77 of the state’s 80 municipal councils.

The opposition Congress won in one city council, while independent candidates won the mandate in two councils.

Polling was conducted in 920 wards across 80 city councils on March 6, with candidates from 57 wards declared the clear winners. A total of 2,532 candidates were running in the elections.

Bhabesh Kalita, chairman of the Assam unit of the BJP, said that one of the important results of the elections was that at least 10 BJP candidates belonging to the Muslim community were elected in areas dominated by minorities in the districts. from Nagaon, Golapara, Kamrup and Sivasagar.

“It shows that the minority community has also realized that the BJP is working for the development of all. The results are endorsements to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s promise to free Assam from drugs and corruption,” Kalita said. The BJP and its allies came to power in Assam in 2016 and retained power in 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chairman JP Nadda expressed their delight at the municipal poll results.

Congress said that although the elections were a big setback, voters in urban areas still voted for the ruling party in municipal elections.

The municipal council elections this time recorded a participation rate of 70%. The BJP contested in 825 wards, while Congress fielded candidates in 706 wards. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a BJP ally fought in 243 districts.

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