The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) swept the 2022 Guwahati Municipal Election (GMC) by winning 58 wards of the total 60, on April 24. While the BJP won 52 wards, its ally AGP came out victorious in 6 wards.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which opened its account in the state’s civic bodies by winning two wards in Tinsukia and Lakhimpur, managed a solitary ward along with Asom Jatiya Parishad, which opened its account for the first time in the state and managed to win one ward. The Congress, main opposition in the state, amidst its ongoing tussle in the party, drew a blank.
Congratulating the residents of the city, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to a popular micro-blogging website and wrote, “Thank you Guwahati! The people of this lovely city have given a resounding mandate to @BJP4Assam to build on the agenda of development. They have also blessed the hard work of the state government under CM @himantabiswa (sic).”
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to the website and expressed his happiness on the results, saying, “With this massive mandate, people have reaffirmed their faith on our development journey under the guidance of the Adarniya PM Shri @narendramodi ji (sic).”
Earlier in the day, the counting of the votes in the civic body polls had begun early in the morning. This year, 197 candidates from 57 wards were in the fray in the polls, which was being held in Guwahati after a gap of nine years.
Riding high on confidence after winning two wards in Tinsukia and Lakhimpur, the AAP had gone all out in the campaigning for the polls. Trying to capitalise on a weakened Congress, the Delhi-based party had also roped in its member of Delhi Legislative Assembly Atishi Marlena to campaign for the polls but despite contesting in 39 wards, it could only win Ward no 42.
Similar was the performance of Lurinjyoti Gogoi-led AJP. It was a tough fight between AJP’s Hukum Sanu Ali and the AGP candidate in Garigaon (Ward No 1) and later the former managed to win by a close margin.
Post the victory, AJP president Gogoi said, “People of Guwahati have woken up. They have started to reject BJP and their politics. Their idea of free schemes; their political promise to waive off Rs 90,000-crores worth of microfinance loans have been rejected. People have started to realise this.”
Representatives of AAP and Congress weren’t available for comments.