People of Assam has once again reposed their faith in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which led the party to win the Assam’s Tribal Council elections. It seems that BJP is on a mission to turn Assam saffron. The party, which heads the State under the leadership of Sarbananda Sonowal, decimated Opposition Congress to win the tribal Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections.
While the BJP win 24 of the 26 seats, the remaining two seats went to Karbi Anglong Democratic Forum (KADF). The KADF was formed ahead of the polls by some disgruntled BJP leaders who were denied party tickets. KADF had backed 13 independent candidates in the elections.
In the State where Congress ruled the council from 2001 to 2015 failed to win a single seat. Not only had this, during the period, Congress also ruled the State under former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. This is not the first time this has happened with the Congress, the party met with a similar fate in 1989, when the Left-wing Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) had won 22 seats.
The BJP and the Congress, besides the local Hill State Demand Council (HSDC), had contested all seats. The Asom Gana Parishad, which is an ally of the BJP in the State, contested 14 seats.
While the Chief Minister of the State Sarbananda Sonowal thanked people for showing their trust in the BJP, former chief Minister of the State Tarun gogoi alleged that the BJP had won the elections by shelling money to the voters.
Sarbananda Sonowal said that the results evidently reflected the mood of people who believe that only the BJP can deliver.
The party’s poll strategist and Minister in Assam Government Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National Chief Amit Shah continued to resonate in the development of Assam.
“My sincere thanks go to the people and our party workers for the resounding victory. We will ensure all-round development in Karbi Anglong,” Sarma said.