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AUDF emerges as second largest party, to work as constructive opposition

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Malegaon/Guwahati: The BJP/AGP  alliance in Assam has not just lost the state assembly elections. But, hit hard by the Congress tsunami that routed the opposition alliance, it has also lost the place as the main opposition group. The place now is all set to go to comparatively naive Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF).


It is only the second elections for the Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi led Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF). But the party, which had 10 MLAs in the last assembly, looks all set to double its tally in this elections snatching the place of the second largest party that was earlier held by the BJP/AGP combine.


The AUDF would not be the kingmaker as predicted by the pollsters before the counting while also predicting a hung assembly in Assam. But as the Congress surprised everyone by achieving a hat trick and by almost sweeping the elections, the AUDF performance surprised even the party.


"The results are more than satisfying for us", AUDF spokesman Burdhanuddin Qasmi said to


"This is the second time we are fighting the elections. But despite all odds and dirty propaganda machine, we are in a position to increase our tally from 10 to 20", he added.


"Moreover", he said, "We have registered an increase of 4-5% in terms of vote count. This of course is not a small achievement when BJP/AGP are virtually routed in the elections and lost the bigwigs and the candidates who were eying for the chief ministership."


"The election results show that people have rejected the divisive politics of the BJP/AGP combine and its harassment policy to target the natives in the name of illegal migrants", he said.


"We are now all set to emerge as the second largest party in the state assembly and will play our rule as a constructive opposition", he said. 


Meanwhile, the Congress is all set to form the government in Assam for the third straight term with the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reduced to smithereens with even their respective party presidents losing the polls.

Of the 126 constituencies for which results were declared, the Congress has won 74 seats, Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) has won 20 seats and the Bodoland People's Party (BOPF) has won 13 seats. The AGP/BJP combine which has ruled the state  twice in the past together could win just 16 seats.

Among the prominent losers include AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary and BJP state president Ranjit Dutta - both losing to the Congress.

Patowary lost the Dharmapur seat to first time candidate Jayanta Malla Baruah by more than 5,000 votes, Ranjit Dutta lost to another first timer Pallab Lochan Das by more than 8,000 votes.

Meanwhile, celebrations have begun in the Congress party camp.

"We were able to bring in peace to the state and all round economic development and so people voted us back to power."

The opposition AGP and the BJP have already accepted defeat.

"We must respect the mandate of the people," a senior AGP leader said.

"We don't know yet the final tally, but Congress must have done well based on votes of Bangladeshi Muslims," BJP MP Bijoya Chakraborty said.



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