DIPHU, Jan 9 � The Congress today won the election to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council by securing 14 of the 24 seats the results of which were declared so far. On the other hand, the Congress� main rival Peoples� Alliance for Peace Agreement (PAPA) bagged 9 seats.
At the time of filing this report, counting was continuing in the Kapili MAC seat with PAPA candidate in the lead and in Dithong Rengchema MAC constituency where the Congress nominee was leading.
The KAAC election results showed mixed fortunes for the main contesting parties Congress and PAPA with many stalwarts from both the camps tasting defeat. Among the prominent losers is Karbi Anglong District Congress president Sum Ronghang who lost to Kangjang Terang, previous UPDS political head and young turk of PAPA. In the prestigious battle for Lumbajong MAC (Member of Autonomous Council) constituency, Kuntila Ronghangpi, wife of Diphu MLA Bidyasing Engleng, suffered defeat at the hand of Robinson Kro of PAPA scoring around 2,384 votes less than the PAPA candidate.
The first blood for PAPA was drawn by Jagat Sing Engti, ex-MLA of Bokajan, who defeated the INC candidate Kachang Terangpi by a margin of 1,457 votes in Sarupathar constituency.
The Congress� position gradually improved with the results pouring in from Howraghat, Socheng Dhenta, Duar Amla, Chingthong, and Duar Bagaori. Premala Beypi, wife of State HAD Minister Kharsing Engti, won the Howraghat seat by defeating PAPA candidate Tarendra Brahma by a margin of 893 votes.
Joyram Engleng, sitting MAC of Duar Amla constituency and present Chief Executive Member of KAAC defeated his nearest rival Pator Phangcho of PAPA by margin of 1,209 votes.
Bhuban Chandra of INC and sitting MAC of Duar Bagori retained his seat comfortably. He defeated his nearest rival Bijendra Teron by margin of 2,743 votes.
Sarat Brahma, the Boro Forum nominee, set a record of getting the highest votes among all the candidates of 26 MAC constituencies. Out of the total 18,715 ballots cast, he secured 15,449 votes, forcing Podumi Das of INC (1,131 votes) and Khudiram Namo of CPI-ML (507 votes) to forfeit their security amounts.
Raton Engti of INC and sitting MAC of Duar Bagori also retained his seat defeating his rival candidate of PAPA, Hidhinath Rongpi, by 7,078 votes. The PAPA candidate Darsing Ronghang won from Phulani MAC seat defeating the INC candidate Hemari Teron, brother-in-law of Assam HAD Minister Kharsing Engti, by 2,452 votes.
Bidya Sing Rongpi, sitting MAC of INC, won from Mahamaya constituency by defeating his closest rival Dhaniram Teron of PAPA by a margin of 857 votes. Bidya Sing Tokbi of PAPA defeated his rival Ramsing Rongpi of INC from Karkanthi MAC seat by a margin of 1,288 votes. On the other hand, PAPA general secretary Elwin Teron was defeated by INC candidate and sitting MAC D Uphing Maslai from Amri seat by a margin of 431 votes. Mongal Sing Timung of INC and sitting MAC won from Hamren MAC seat defeating his rival Methew Engleng of PAPA and former defence secretary of UPDS. Semson Tisso of PAPA defeated his rival Semson Engti of INC from Nilip MAC constituency by a margin of 2,711 votes. Surya Rongphar of PAPA won from Deopani MAC constituency defeating his nearest rival Lakhiram Shoi of INC by a margin of 176 votes only. Congress dissident Pradip Singnar won the Shinghachan MAC constituency by defeating independent candidate Amar Sing Tisso by less than 34 votes.
In Namati MAC constituency, Ashok Teron of INC defeated Rabindra Rongpi of PAPA by 366 votes. In Bokajan MAC constituency, Jiban Pathak of INC defeated his rival Ranjit Roy of PAPA. In another close contest, Elish Engtipi of Congress defeated Mahendra Rongpi of PAPA by 565 votes in Amreng MAC seat.