Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)
The BJP is looking to surpass its 2014 tally in Assam, as it has maintained a steady lead in several parliamentary constituencies since morning. So far, results for 2 Lok Sabha seats have been declared, both of which have been grabbed by the ruling BJP in the state. While BJP's Rameswar Teli defeated Congress' Paban Singh Ghatowar to bag the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat, Congress candidate Sushanta Borgohain lost the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat against BJP's Topon Kumar Gogoi. The counting for remaining 12 Lok Sabha seats is underway and the result is expected to be decalared by early Friday morning.
Till evening, the BJP was leading in nine seats, while the Congress is ahead in three and the AIUDF and an Independent candidate in one each of the 14 parliamentary constituencies in the state. The BJP is likely to retain six of the seven seats it had won in the last Lok Sabha polls and may wrest two from the Congress and one from the AIUDF, according to official data. The Apart from Jorhat and Dibrugarh, BJP is likely to win Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Mangaldoi, Gauhati and wrest Silchar and Autonomous District from Congress, along with Karimganj (SC) from AIUDF.
The Congress is set to retain the Kaliabor seat and is marching ahead in Nowgong, earlier held by BJP, and Barpeta, held by AIUDF. The AIUDF is likely to retain one of the three seats it had won in the last polls. BJP MP Pradan Barua is likely to retain the Lakhimpur seat as he is leading by 3,44,350 votes over Congress rival Anil Borgohain.
In Tezpur, state Labour Minister Pallab Lochan Das is ahead of Congress candidate and retired IAS officer M G V K Bhanu by 1,76,875 votes.
In Mangaldoi, BJP’s Dilip Saikia is ahead of Congress Rajya Sabha MP Bhubaneswar Kalita by 1,33,762 votes. In the prestigious Gauhati constituency, BJP’s Queen Oja is ahead of Congress candidate Bobbeeta Sharma by of 1,30,312 votes. Congress candidate and former minister Pradyut Bordoloi has managed to breach BJP bastion Nowgong and take a lead over Rupak Sharma by 48,747 votes. In Barpeta, Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque has moved ahead of AGP’s Kumar Deepak Das by 74,145 votes.
Among the three sitting Congress MPs contesting from their respective seats, Gaurav Gogoi has taken a comfortable lead of 1,70,811 votes over AGP’s Mani Madhab Mahanta in Kaliabor, while All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev is trailing behind BJP’s Rajdeep Roy by 69,631 votes in Silchar. Biren Singh Engti is trailing behind BJP’s Horen Sing Bey by 1,57,805 votes in the Autonmous District (ST) seat.
BJP MLA Kripanath Malla, who was also trailing behind AIUDF’s sitting MP Radheshyam Biswas, has marched ahead and established a lead of 24,358 votes in Karimganj(SC). AIUDF President Badruddin Ajmal is the sole party candidate to defend his seat by establishing a lead of 2,17,568 votes in Dhubri.
In Kokrajhar (ST), sitting Independent MP Naba Sarania has established a lead of 65,605 votes over BJP’s alliance partner BPF candidate and state social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won seven seats, Congress three, AIUDF three and an Independent candidate one.