SILCHAR, May 23 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won Silchar and Karimganj Lok Sabha seats.
In Silchar, BJP candidate Dr Rajdeep Roy defeated his principal opponent and Congress candidate Sushmita Dev by nearly 80,000 votes.�
Sharing his initial reactions, Dr Roy said, �This win is clearly due to the hard work rendered by each and every party worker. I shall try to improve connectivity, including highways and waterways, especially in Barak Valley, besides focussing on job creation and healthcare service.�
On the other hand, Sushmita Dev said, �I always knew the contest was close but the margin is not what I expected. I am grateful to the people who supported me.�
Reacting on the national poll results, the outgoing Silchar MP was of the view that she would strive hard and carry on the fight against unemployment and other vital issues of the country. She, however, made it clear that the Congress party will study the reasons for the results.
Meanwhile, in Karimganj, BJP�s Kripanath Mallah edged past AIUDF�s sitting MP Radhe Shyam Biswas by approximately 24,000 votes.�
Talking to�The Assam Tribune,�Mallah said ,� I thank people of Hailakandi and Karimganj for extending their support. I am elated with the results and this is a joy of the people.��
Hailakandi Correspondent adds: Counting of votes of three Assembly constituencies of Hailakandi district falling under HP 1 Karimganj (SC) constituency passed off peacefully.
The counting of votes which began at 8.15 am at Government VMHS School ended at around 4.30 pm. Tallying of VVPATs slips with EVMs continued till late evening.�
District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli and Election Observer, Radha Kishore Jha supervised the entire counting process.�
A heavy security cover was made in and around the counting campus since the wee hours.�
Night curfew is in force under the jurisdiction of Hailakandi Sadar Police Station areas.�
Deputy Commissioner Jalli thanked the people for their support and cooperation, the political parties, the polling personnel and the security forces in conducting the elections peacefully.