BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, February 13: In the 2015 civic polls in the State, the results of which were declared on Thursday, the BJP was way ahead in extra number of wards it bagged than the ruling Congress compared to the last civic polls. In this civic election, the BJP gained 294 more wards and the Congress lost 175 wards.
In the last civic polls, the Congress bagged 425 wards out of 696 wards. But this time, the ruling party maged to bag 250 wards. On the other hand, the BJP, which got a drubbing in the Delhi Assembly polls, bagged 360 wards compared to 66 wards it bagged in the last elections. Performance of the AGP, once a political force to reckon with, was also very dismal in this civic poll compared to the last one. In this election, the AGP bagged 39 wards. But in the last civic polls, the party bagged 102 wards.
Significantly, both the Congress and the BJP were rooted out at Bongaigaon by the AGP in this civic poll.
HN Bora, Commissioner of the Assam State Election Commission, said that the Commission had received complete polling figures on Friday from all the district headquarters. The present poll figures are: the BJP bagged 39 municipal boards/town committees, Congress 18, AGP 2 and NCP 1. There was tie in 4 wards and the 10 wards’ outcomes remain undecided.
Talking to reporters here on Friday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, “Compared to the last Lok Sabha elections in the State, the ruling party’s vote share has increased in urban areas in this civic poll.” But he admitted that the party’s performance in this civic election is poor than the last one.
Putting the ball in the Centre’s court, Gogoi said, “Now, the BJP government is in power at the Centre. The BJP minister from Assam should tell the Central government to provide fund for the civic bodies in the State. I can give plans of Rs 2,000 crore, if needed, to the Central government for the development of civic bodies in the State.”