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Ruling BJP set to retain Assam’s Majuli seat

Mar 10, 2022 01:12 PM IST

Congress, which won the seat thrice between 2001 and 2011, left it for the AJP, a newly formed regional party

GUWAHATI: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked set to retain the Majuli assembly seat in Assam, where by-poll was held last week. Sarbananda Sonowal represented the seat before he became a Union minister last year and Himanta Biswa Sarma succeeded him as the chief minister of Assam.

Sarbananda Sonowal held the seat before he became a Union minister last year. (PTI)
Sarbananda Sonowal held the seat before he became a Union minister last year. (PTI)

After three rounds of counting, BJP’s Bhuban Gam was leading with 13,512 votes in Majuli. His nearest rival, Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP)’s Chittaranjan Basumatary, had secured 4,487 and Independent candidate Bhaity Richong 333 votes.

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Congress, which won the seat thrice between 2001 and 2011, left it for the AJP. AJP is a newly formed regional party, which failed to win any seat in last year’s assembly polls in the state.

The BJP, which swept back to power in the state for the second time last summer, and its ally United People’s Party Liberal won all five seats for which by-polls were held in November.

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    Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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