The BJP-led alliance won in the Assam assembly elections 2021. The BJP and its partners secured the victory with 60 seats. The Congress-led ‘Mahajot’, which is lead in 50 of the 126 seats. 

Led by Sarbanada Sonowal, the BJP secured a second consecutive term in the state, a feat that no non-Congress government has been able to achieve in the state.

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Following the trends, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told ANI that his party will form the government in Assam once again. “As per the trends, it is clear that Bharatiya Janata Party will form the government in Assam,” he said.

The chief minister is currently leading in the Majuli constituency and is ahead of Rajib Lochan Pegu of Congress by a margin of 7,948 votes. 

The BJP held 71 seats in the outgoing assembly, while the Congress-led Opposition held 43, with 12 seats being vacant. The Congress governed the state uninterrupted from 2001 to 2016, no non-Congress party/coalition has been able to replicate the performance.

The BJP contested the election in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad, the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP).

The Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal-led government was on the backfoot prior to the election because of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which allows granting of citizenship to refugees of non-majority communities from neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the opposition camp was bolstered with the ‘mahajot’ of parties, as the Maulana Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), which won 13 seats in 2016, and the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) joined the Congress.

Voting for the 126-member assembly in Assam was held over three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, which recorded voter turnouts of 79.97%, 80.96% and 82.28% respectively.

The other states where votes are being counted today are West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry