GUWAHATI: Despite the poll debacle, AICC general secretary in charge of Assam, Jitendra Singh, thanked the people of Assam for reposing their faith in the ideology of the INC and helping the party emerge as a strong opposition with Mahajot getting 50 seats in the 126-member house.
In terms of vote-share, he said the gap between the two alliances is not very big. Though the Congress alliance lost the second successive assembly polls, Singh said Congress improved their position in the assembly. “In terms of seats, the tally of the Congress went up by three seats (from 26 in 2016 to 29 now). We lost seven seats by a margin of less than 5,000 votes. The AIUDF, BPF and the Left parties remain our valued allies and we will continue to fight for the welfare of the people,” Singh said in a news conference here on Monday.
The Grand Old Party will soon analyse the election results with a view to doing better in future elections. But the party in-charge observed that the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and the Raijor Dal also helped the BJP consolidate its position in Upper Assam, which was at the vortex of the anti-CAA protests.
“The AJP and Raijor Dal need to do some soul-searching on how they ended up helping the very forces that they were seeking to oppose,” Singh added and blamed the two new regional parties for ruining the prospects of the Congress in at least 10 seats. If not for them the party could have bagged 64 seats.
While Congratulating incumbent chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for the victory, Singh hoped that the BJP would fulfil its electoral promises- “more so the promise to provide jobs and employment opportunities.”
“We also hope that the financial support schemes of the government would continue. We sincerely hope that the BJP government would continue to provide financial aid to the tea garden workers after the elections,” he added, urging the government to increase their wages so that they can live a life of dignity.
Among the five guarantees the Congress had promised to the people if it won was Rs 365 daily wage for tea garden workers. But the tea garden voters bestowed their faith in the saffron alliance, appreciating the welfare measures in the first tenure.
The party promised that it will also assist the government positively in mitigating the corona crisis. “Many people of Assam residing outside the state have been victims of the pandemic and many more are afflicted and need urgent help.The government of Assam should have a database of those people residing outside of Assam in different states who are affected by the virus and extend all help they can from here,” read a Congress statement.