GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP retained the Majuli (ST) legislative Assembly constituency with its nominee Bhuban Gam defeating nearest rival and opposition’s consensus candidate Chittaranjan Basumatary from Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) by a handsome margin of 42141 votes.

Official sources said that Gam, a businessman-cum-social worker from the Mising community (a dominant population in the river island), garnered as many as 67,242 votes while Basumatary came second after securing 25,101 votes.

The third candidate in the fray, Bhaity Richong from Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) could bag only 2,265 votes.

Gam, it may be mentioned, had led all the rounds by a big margin as the counting day progressed from 8am on Thursday.

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“The winning candidate was handed over a victory certificate by the returning officer,” an official statement said later.

It may be mentioned here that as many as 1,642 voters had cast their vote in the NOTA (None of the above) category.

The by-election to the Upper Assam seat saw 96, 250 votes cast on March 7, with 71.76 electors exercising their franchise out of a total electorate of 1, 33, 227.

The victorious BJP candidate, who will now replace former two-time MLA and former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the river island seat, thanked the electorate of Majuli and the party leadership while assuring to work to the best of his abilities for the residents of the river island.

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Expressing gratitude to the electorate of the river island for reposing faith on the ruling alliance’s candidate, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that “The big win of BJP candidate Bhuban Gam  in the by-poll to Majuli LAC reflects public trust on the Prime Minister’s agenda of growth and his vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas Sabka Prayas’.”

The by-poll was conducted in a peaceful manner with no untoward incident reported.

The Assam chief electoral officer had on Wednesday directed the district election authorities to ensure that all laid-down instructions of the Election Commission of India was adhered to and that everyone complied with the COVID-19 guidelines.

Accordingly, the DEO has made elaborate arrangements for smooth and safe counting at the centre located in the office of the district electoral officer cum deputy commissioner, Majuli amidst tight security.

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