The BJP is on course to sweeping the Panchayat elections, widening its gap with the Congress while the AGP has been relegated to a distant third. The AIUDF has also suffered a debacle in the hustings as it has lost ground in minority-dominated pockets, particularly in lower and south Assam.
The Congress has either lost or is trailing in several of its traditional bastions while the AGP, alliance partners of the BJP at Dispur but is contesting the elections alone leading to strains in relations with its alliance partner, has also suffered a debacle in the constituencies of several top leaders.
The Congress party has been decimated in Gohpur, the home turf of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora, where the BJP has made a clean sweep and the Congress drawing a blank.
The Congress has also suffered setbacks in former minister Rakibul Hussain’s home constituency Samaguri, at Margherita that had been a stronghold of former minister and ex-MLA Pradyut Bordoloi. The Congress, however, has performed exceedingly well at former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s constituency Titabor and in his home district Jorhat, former minister Ajanta Neog’s constituency Golaghat and Morigaon, among other districts.
The AGP has also fared badly in the home constituencies of Atul Bora (Bokakhat), Keshab Mahanta (Koliabor) and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (Barhampur).