SILCHAR, April 8 - If the exit poll analysis and perceptions of most political parties of the Barak Valley are to be believed, they are winning most seats out of the 15 for which voting in the first phase of the Assembly elections took place on April 4.
Admitting that the context of this election was different from the 2011 polls, the Congress camp believes that the mandate will be in its favour. �The anti-incumbency of the Union Government will bring about the BJP�s downfall,� Silchar MP Susmita Dev said after casting her vote. Sitting MLA and Congress candidate from Sonai Assembly Constituency Anamul Haq was also brimming with confidence that he would win the seat. �People have faith in my ability to work and I am sure they must have discarded the two parties � BJP and AIUDF � which espouse communal interests,� Anamul told reporters. He claimed he has worked for the people of Sonai constituency, and that he would return with a massive margin of at least 10,000 votes.
On the other hand, the BJP, too, is upbeat that it will be able to bag at least 13 seats. Dr Rajdeep Roy, BJP State general secretary, said besides retaining the prestigious Silchar seat, the BJP has strong possibilities to win the Dholai, Lakhipur, Udharbond, Lakhipur, Sonai, Patharkandi, Ratabari, Algapur and Katlichera seats.
In 2011, the AIUDF had won the Katigorah constituency. But this year, the party is confident of snatching other vital seats including Sonai, Katigorah and Badarpur.