Congress keeps tradition

Congress won nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats which is one less than the last polls while the BJP won two like last polls and the AGP wrested two prestigious strongholds from the Congress.
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Updated on May 14, 2004 07:43 PM IST
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Assam, considered a Congress bastion for Parliamentary elections, maintained its trend and has sent nine Congress MPs this time while AGP which was wiped out in the last polls displayed marginal strength gaining two seats.

Congress won nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats which is one less than the last polls while the BJP won two like last polls and the AGP wrested two prestigious strongholds from the Congress.

Anti-incumbency factor appeared to have played no role in the state which is ruled by the Congress. But two other major parties might have dented into its vote share.

Congress, however, suffered a major reverse which may have an impact on the party organisation at the state level as its state president Paban Singh Ghatowar making a bid to enter Parliament for the fifth term received a drubbing being relegated to the third position.

AGP's Sarbanada Sonowal wrested the seat which will have considerable impact on state politics as the party has so far not been able to make much inroads in Upper Assam areas under which the constituency falls.

Congress' loss of another traditional seat of Lakhimpur, which AGP's Arun Sarmah wrested it from Ranee Narah who was making a fourth bid to enter Parliament, also does not augur well for the party.
Narah's loss brings to light damaging effect of the infighting in the Congress as a section of partymen was opposed to her candidature.

Congress, however, had much to cheer in Gauhati when its candidate Kirip Chaliha trounced Assamese cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika.

Congress made forays into new territory when its candidate Biren Singh Engti wrested the autonomous district from four time MP Dr Jayanta Rongpi of CPI-ML.

The party maintained its sway in Tezpur, Dhubri, Barpeta, Jorhat, Koliabor, Silchar and Karimganj.

The BJP, which had performed well in the last elections, bagging two seats and finishing second in eight seats, suffered the centre's anti-incumbency factor losing a seat, gaining and retaining one each but finishing second in only four seats.

BJP gained the Mangaldoi constituency when its former state president Narayan Borkotoky wrested the seat from sitting Congress MP Madhab Rajbongshi and its candidate Rajen Gohain retained the Nagaon Constituency defeating Congress state vice-president Bishnu Prasad.

The AGP, however, improved its position considerably since the last polls gaining two seats and finishing second in four seats besides increasing its total vote share.

Among the 47 independent candidates in the fray, only one could make it with NDA-backed SK Bwismuthiary winning the Kokrajhar constituency with a record margin of 4,84,129 votes.

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