BJP's win in Assam Local Bodies Polls is phenomenal

After electoral drubbing in Delhi Assembly election, Assam has offered a reason to the BJP to cheer as the party as registered a historic victory in the Northeast’s largest State.

Elections for 74 municipal boards and town committees were held of which the BJP has won majority in 38.

Electors have given a massive jolt to ruling Congress which has won just 17 bodies. It is significant to note that the ruling party had won 71 of these bodies last time.

The BJP's victory is phenomenal as with these results, it has been proved that the party has emerged as the top choice of the people to govern at local level. The party won 340 of 746 municipal board and town committee wards in the state. Experts believe that the local body elections were a semi-final of 2016 State Assembly election.

The BJP got  a clear majority in 28-ward Silchar municipality polls by wresting 16 seats, while the Congress ended up with eight seats. It had put an end to the Congress reign in Silchar.

The BJP also narrowly won the Dhemaji municipality. In lower Assam, the BJP stormed to power in the Dhubri municipal board, winning 10 of the16 wards.

In central and upper Assam, the BJP has emerged victorious in many municipal boards and town committees.

The party got majority in two municipality boards and three town committees in Sonitpur district. It swept the Dibrugarh municipal board election by winning 16 of the 22 wards. The Congress finished with five wards while one ward was won by an Independent.

The BJP also managed to get a majority in the Nazira municipal board elections. Interestingly, both the Congress and the BJP were tied at the Sivasagar and Sonari municipal boards and also in Demow and Simaluguri town committees.

Congress is in power in the State for nearly 15 years and the BJP's victory is a clear indication of people’s desire for change.

This is also corroborated by 2014 Lok Sabha election when the BJP won 7 of 14 seats in the State while the Congress's tally got decimated from 7 of 2009 to 3.

Issues like Bangladeshi migrants, unemployment and poor economic backwardness have been some of the issues which have largely made people disenchanted with the Congress while the BJP’s agenda of growth and development has fascinated the votes of the State. BJP is gearing up to unseat Congress in the Assembly poll which is to be held next year.

Courtesy Niti Central

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