A day before results for the Assam Assembly election are to be announced, state BJP president Ranjit Dass presented the BJP’s own exit poll on Friday, giving the party a sweeping win in the recently concluded polls to the 126-seat Assembly.
Dass said the party was confident of the BJP-led alliance coming back to power for the second term in Assam and would winning 83 of the 126 Assembly seats.
While the exit poll suggests that BJP alone would win 70 seats, its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), are predicted to win eight and five seats, respectively.
Interestingly, Dass’s prediction hints at a diminishing future for AGP, BJP’s major ally and a party that has been in power for two terms in Assam. The AGP had won 14 seats in the 2016 Assembly election.
Dass also took a dig at the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ saying, “Congress itself is sure of its defeat. That’s why they are talking about EVMs.”
Most exit poll surveys released Thursday have predicted a big win for the BJP-led alliance in Assam.
Meanwhile, the Congress’ Assam unit on Thursday filed a complaint with the Election Commission alleging “serious discrepancies” regarding the safety of a strong room and EVMs used in the recently conducted Assembly polls and demanded an enquiry into the matter.
In a letter to the Election Commission, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora claimed that the lack of safety of a strong room and EVMS was noticed in several assembly constituencies in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Goalpara districts.