NDA Sweeps Guwahati Civic Body Poll

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Asom Gana Parishad have swept elections for the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, the Northeast’s premier civic body, by winning 58 out of the total 60 seats. While BJP has won 52 wards the AGP has won six wards. A total of 57 of these 60 wards went to polls on Friday, April 22. The saffron party have won three wards unopposed. Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won one seat each. The Congress, the state’s erstwhile ruling party has failed to even open its account. Aam Aadmi Party had fielded 39 candidates giving added importance to the GMC elections. AAP has secured 10.69 percent votes compared to 13.71 by the Indian National Congress and 66.42 percent by the BJP. AAP’s Delhi MLA Atishi and its Assam state coordinator Baren Chowdhury had claimed that the party would form the board by winning a majority of the seats. National and local parties had promised a flood-free, crime-free and development centric city with piped water to all households besides availability of all other basic civic amenities. A total of 197 candidates from 57 wards are in the fray in the election held after nine years. Both AJP & AAP candidates have won from Muslim majority wards, claimed BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have congratulated Assam CM Himanta Sarma, other BJP leaders and grassroots workers for the unprecedented results.

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