assam news: Assam: Allies BJP and AGP sweep Guwahati Municipal corporation polls

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BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) swept the polls to the Guwahati Municipal corporation (GMC) winning as many as 58 seats in the 60 seat GMC. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) opened its account in the civic body.

BJP won 52 wards including the three which were earlier elected unopposed by the saffron party candidates while its ally AGP secured six wards out of seven wards it contested. Congress could not manage to win a single seat in the 54 seats it contested.

AAP and the Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP), a local party, secured one seat each. Polls to GMC were held after nine years. The CPI-M, which contested in four wards failed to wrest a single seat.

In all, 197 candidates had contested the elections in 57 wards. The GMC election was last held in 2013, when Congress won the civic body owing to internal fighting, several elected councillors in 2014 and 2015 had shifted to BJP.

AAP in recently held municipal polls won two municipal wards in Lakhimpur and Tinsukia districts. Around 52.80 per cent of people voted on polls held on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J.P.Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma among others congratulated the people of Guwahati for voting the BJP led alliance.

Modi tweeted: “Thank you Guwahati! The people of this lovely city have given a resounding mandate to BJP to build on the agenda of development. They have also blessed the hardwork of the state government under CM Himanta Biswa Sarma. My gratitude to every BJP Karyakarta for the hardwork.”

“I bow my head to the people of Guwahati for giving BJP and its allies a historic win in GMC Elections. With this massive mandate, people have reaffirmed their faith on our development journey under the guidance of Adarniya PM Shri Narendra Modi ji,” Assam Chief Minister tweeted.

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