GUWAHATI, Feb 12 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in an upbeat mood over the results of the civic elections in the State, while the Congress has claimed that its performance improved compared to that in the last Lok Sabha polls.
BJP State president Siddhartha Bhattacharya has thanked the people of Assam for the political maturity displayed by them and said that the electorate has given a decisive mandate for the nationalist forces.
He said though a sizeable number of organisations, individuals and political parties had tried to corner the saffron party over an inadvertent mistake in the usage of a word in the Vision Document of Delhi BJP, the voters of Assam exercised their franchise in a mature way.
�In spite of the unconditional apologies tendered by the BJP leadership, this issue was raked up again and again,� said Bhattacharya, observing that the electorate is well informed and decisive.
On the other hand, the BJP leader said that this municipal election verdict will serve as an incentive for the party workers and motivate them to work harder for the coming Assembly election. �We have also learned from the Delhi election and we will incorporate strategies that will give us an edge over other political parties,� said Bhattacharya.
President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Anjan Dutta accepted the verdict of the people of the towns of the State and claimed that the performance of the party improved since the last Lok Sabha polls, where the party was routed in most of the towns. He said that in the elections to the municipal boards and town committees in 2009, the BJP was not a factor, but the situation was totally different this time. He pointed out that this time, the Congress managed to regain lost ground in a number of major towns, where the party fared poorly in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Replying to a question on whether the municipal board and town committee election results would have an impact on the Assembly polls in 2016, Dutta said the State has around two crore voters and only around 15 lakh of them voted in these elections. �The way we regained lost ground in some of the towns is a positive development and if we manage to work for the people, the Congress would be able to retain power,� he added.
AGP president Atul Bora has also accepted the verdict of the people and claimed that the performance of the party, though not up to expectations, was much better than it was in the last Lok Sabha polls, where the party was completely routed. He congratulated senior party leader Phani Bhushan Choudhury, under whose leadership the AGP managed to win Bongaigaon town. He claimed that the vote share of the AGP improved since the last Lok Sabha polls and hoped that the party would be able to improve its performance in the days to come.