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Electoral debacle for BJP in Barak valley

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HAILAKANDI, May 14 � For the first time in the history of Barak valley politics, the Congress bagged 13 seats in 15 LACs. In Cachar, the Congress has got 6 seats out of 7 while in Karimganj, it got all the 5 LACs. Out of 3 LACs in Hailakandi, Congress got 2 seats. AGP stalwart and former minister Sahidul Alom Choudhury won the Algapur seat in Hailakandi district and AIUDF�s Ataur Rahman Majharbhuiya retained his position in Katigorah constituency of Cachar district. Virtually, the Congress party has no Opposition in Barak valley. On the other hand, the political scenario was different in 2006 Assembly poll. During that time, Congress got six seats while the BJP and AIUDF shared 5 and 3 respectively and only one seat went in favour of an Independent candidate.

Minister in the outgoing Gogoi cabinet and winning Congress candidate of Katlicherra constituency, Gautam Roy, in an interview with a private television channel earlier, claimed that the Congress would get 12 seats in Barak Valley. After winning the 13 seats and the clean sweep in Karimganj particularly, Roy again claimed that the credit for this landslide victory should go to him as he campaigned in all the constituencies day and night.

The BJP has received a serious jolt in the Barak Valley and couldn�t open its account. The defeat of two heavyweight BJP candidates, Mission Ranjan Das and Parimal Suklavaidya has surprised the entire valley. Both of them won three times in a row prior to this election. In 1991, the BJP won 9 seats from the Barak Valley and after the gap of 20 years, it failed to get a single seat even. Taking the verdict of the people, Suklavaidya said that he would still fight for the development of the valley and the preservation of the democratic right of the people outside the Assembly. All the Opposition parties including the BJP, AGP and AIUDF, alleged that the internal rift made the difference.

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Electoral debacle for BJP in Barak valley

HAILAKANDI, May 14 � For the first time in the history of Barak valley politics, the Congress bagged 13 seats in 15 LACs. In Cachar, the Congress has got 6 seats out of 7 while in Karimganj, it got all the 5 LACs. Out of 3 LACs in Hailakandi, Congress got 2 seats. AGP stalwart and former minister Sahidul Alom Choudhury won the Algapur seat in Hailakandi district and AIUDF�s Ataur Rahman Majharbhuiya retained his position in Katigorah constituency of Cachar district. Virtually, the Congress party has no Opposition in Barak valley. On the other hand, the political scenario was different in 2006 Assembly poll. During that time, Congress got six seats while the BJP and AIUDF shared 5 and 3 respectively and only one seat went in favour of an Independent candidate.

Minister in the outgoing Gogoi cabinet and winning Congress candidate of Katlicherra constituency, Gautam Roy, in an interview with a private television channel earlier, claimed that the Congress would get 12 seats in Barak Valley. After winning the 13 seats and the clean sweep in Karimganj particularly, Roy again claimed that the credit for this landslide victory should go to him as he campaigned in all the constituencies day and night.

The BJP has received a serious jolt in the Barak Valley and couldn�t open its account. The defeat of two heavyweight BJP candidates, Mission Ranjan Das and Parimal Suklavaidya has surprised the entire valley. Both of them won three times in a row prior to this election. In 1991, the BJP won 9 seats from the Barak Valley and after the gap of 20 years, it failed to get a single seat even. Taking the verdict of the people, Suklavaidya said that he would still fight for the development of the valley and the preservation of the democratic right of the people outside the Assembly. All the Opposition parties including the BJP, AGP and AIUDF, alleged that the internal rift made the difference.