NEW DELHI, April 18 - The ruling Congress party may sound confident of returning to power in Assam, but the BJP on Monday claimed that it would corner at least 80 seats in Assam. With the elections in the State drawing to an end, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday resumed his duties as a Central Minister and called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with matters relating to his ministry.
Talking to this newspaper, Sonowal said that he thanked the Prime Minister for his help and assistance extended during the election.
Asked about his assessment, the BJP president said that his party would form the next Government in the State. The BJP and its allies are expected to win 80 seats. �This is the feedback we have received from the field,� he said.
The first round of election was a rout for the Congress party, and the BJP is expected to win the maximum number of seats. In the second round, the fight was between Congress and AIUDF, while BJP and its allies like AGP and BPF also did well.
Recently, former Union Minister and Congress leader belonging to the tea tribe community Paban Singh Ghatowar had told newsmen that the next Government in Assam would be formed by the Congress party. The party will win maximum number of seats in both the phases, he claimed.