GUWAHATI: Tuesday was a gloomy day for the State BJP leaders who have big smiles etched on their faces on Wednesday, barely 24 hours later.
With the BJP not faring well in Assembly elections in five States in the country, tension hung heavy on the party leaders on Tuesday. However, barely 24 hours after that, it’s all cheers at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bhawan at Hengrabari in Guwahati with BJP candidates making decisive leads in most of the areas in the State in the panchayat poll. Counting of votes of panchayat poll began at 8 am on Wednesday. Even as results are likely to come in the morning on Thursday, the trends that are seen on Wednesday make it crystal clear that the BJP will come up the winner in most of the rural areas in the State.
Talking to The Sentinel, State BJP spokesperson Muminul Aowal said: “The panchayat poll results are the best reflection of good works of the two-year-and-a-half-old BJP-led government at Dispur. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s mission for development and transparency has been welcomed by the people of the State. What’s significant is that the BJP has been able to woo minorities. This is a clear case of the fact that minority voters have come out of the aura of being used as vote banks by vested interests. The BJP has made it known in minority areas with good works that their areas are equally important as mainland areas of the State. Among the welfare activities done by this government in minority areas are scholarships for minority students, skill development training for youth, the decision to set up nine girls’ colleges in minority-dominated areas in the State, besides the setting up 21 residential schools in such areas etc. Connectivity and health projects taken up by the government in minority areas have wooed them. They’ve now come to know that no government in the past gave them such importance.”
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