Congress' winning streak in Assam continues
The Congress’ winning streak in Assam continues. The Grand Old Party won bypolls to Dhekiajuli and Salmara South Assembly seats on Tuesday.
Election woes of opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) continues with the Congress managing to wrest AGP stronghold Dhekiajuli after 13 years. Congress candidate Bhimanda Tanti won the seat.
Abdur Rahman Ajmal, the eldest son of perfume baron and president of Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), Badaruddin Ajmal, failed in his electoral debut and lost to Congress candidate Wazed Ali Choudhury.
The South Salmara seat fell vacant after Badaruddin Ajmal, the sitting MLA from the constituency, got elected to Lok Sabha from the Dhubri parliamentary seat. Bypolls to Dekiajuli became due after the sitting AGP MLA Joseph Toppo was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tezpur seat. AGP has retained this seat since 1996.
Congress candidate Bhimananda Tanti garnered 54,487 votes, AGP���s Shiv Charan Sahu got just 32,940 votes in Dekiajuli.
Congress candidate Wazed Ali Choudhury beat his nearest AUDF candidate by 6553 votes. While Ajmal got 46,916 votes, Choudhury polled 53,469 votes.
Meanwhile Union minister of state for railways E.Ahmed on Tuesday reviewed several ongoing railway projects in Northeast India.
During the daylong visit, Mr Ahmed held a review meeting with high officials of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) at Maligaon in Guwahati and discussed about the overall performance. He also held discussion about the progress of all the ongoing railway construction and other development projects within the NFR jurisdiction which are going on in various states.
He also held a meeting with Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Sources said Mr Gogoi asked him to expedite the progress of ongoing projects and operationalise the already constructed railway tracks. The railway minister informed that the ministry has earmarked Rs 1124 crore for NFR in this fiscal.