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Congress sweeps civic bodies polls in Assam

The congress party in Assam has swept the civic bodies polls. The party has almost captured 80 per cent of the municipal boards (MB) and town committees (TC).

, ET Bureau|
Aug 04, 2009, 09.58 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: The congress party in Assam has swept the civic bodies polls. The party has almost captured 80 per cent of the municipal boards (MB) and town committees (TC).

The party had suffered loss of two seats in this year���s Lok Sabha elections. Congress had won seven Lok Sabha seats out of 14 in Assam, two less than the 2004���s tally.

Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) did not contest the MB and TC polls.

The party feels it will boost the morale of the party ahead of the state assembly polls slated for 2011.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubneswar Kalita on Tuesday said that out of 645 ward members, Congress has won 405. This is the best ever performance of the party in the civic polls.

According to the party, out of 68 MB/TC Congress has clear majority in at least 54.

Mr Kalita added "This is unprecedented. In the Lok Sabha elections in some towns and cities, we got fewer votes. However, people have reposed faith in the developmental works initiated by Congress. We will initiate housing schemes for homeless in towns and cities
and a provision for the same is made in this year���s budget,"

He added, "Our door to door campaigning strategy has yielded dividends. AGP-BJP which jointly fought elections failed miserably. We are hopeful that we will able to repeat the same in the Assembly polls."
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