LIVE BLOG: BJP supporters celebrate in Assam as trend converts to win
>LIVE BLOG: BJP supporters celebrate in Assam as trend converts to winTrends show that Sarbananda Sonowal is likely to become the next CM, as Gogoi's Congress trails far behind
Assam Assembly polls: We accept defeat with all humbleness, says GogoiPeople have rejected opportunistic, obstructionist politics: BJPBJP workers carry a huge poster of chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonwal as they celebrate the party's win in Assam Assembly elections in GuwahatiAssam Assembly polls: NDA headed for landslide victory in stateGuwahati: BJP workers celebrate party's victory in Assam #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/5JYPmHxxjO— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Assam's victory is important in many ways, given that it is a border state. Govt is committed to the development of the state: Amit Shah— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Who got Assembly elections exit polls right this time?BJP now a pan-India party: from Kashmir to Kerala, Gujarat to AssamNot much reason to celebrate for BJP. They won (in Assam) because Congress decided to contest alone: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar #Election2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Congratulated Shri Sarvananda Sonowal on BJP's historic victory in Assam. It is a decisive mandate given by the people of Assam.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) May 19, 2016 My heartfelt gratitude to the people of Assam for electing a BJP Government in the state. Profound greetings to the BJP workers of Assam.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 19, 2016 Heartiest Congratulations to Hon @narendramodi ji, @AmitShah ji& @sarbanandsonwal ji for the historic &grand win in #Assam !#Assamelections— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 19, 2016 Assembly polls: BJP in Assam, Mamata Banerjee are real winnersAGP candidate Ramendra Narayan Kalita as he poses with a victory signBJP's candidate for Jalukbari constituency Himanta Biswa Sarma makes a victory sign after winning in the Assam Assembly elections in GuwahatiBJP workers dance as they celebrate their win in the 2016 Assam Assembly election at Hengrabari in GuwahatiAssam Assembly elections 2016: Presumptive CM Sarbananda Sonowal's steady rise to the topPM Modi terms poll win in Assam as 'historic', 'phenomenal'Assam Assembly polls: Tarun Gogoi's magic missing this time around'Congress-mukt Bharat' chant now echoes in Assam: Ram MadhavBJP-led NDA ahead in 83 of the 126 seats in AssamWith all humbleness we accept the verdict of people of Assam: Tarun Gogoi #Election2016 results pic.twitter.com/SLeLP6rX7f— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Thank the people of Assam. It is retitration of faith of the people in leadership of PM Modi: Jitendra Singh,MoS PMO pic.twitter.com/2Z3Ucozf0X— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 WATCH: BJP confident of forming government in AssamAssam: How BJP learnt from past mistakes and Rahul Gandhi let it slipBJP storms Assam; TMC, AIADMK set to retain power; LDF in KeralaGuwahati (Assam): Celebrations outside BJP office after trends shows BJP leading in the state #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/1t5Au1GZPe— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Want to congratulate BJP. We have lost because of Congress party: Badruddin Ajmal, AIUDF Chief #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/7XMCcoCfBA— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Sincerely grateful to ppl of Assam for giving us opportunity to work fr development of state: Sarbananda Sonowal,BJP pic.twitter.com/qSLpclp4Gt— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 BJP will do everything possible to fulfil dreams & aspirations of the people of Assam & take the state’s development journey to new heights.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016 I spoke to @sarbanandsonwal & congratulated him for the performance of the party & the efforts through the campaign. @bjpassampradesh— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016 Update from Dispur: BJP's Atul Bora leading in the constituencyBJP has started to win,now Assam & others states as&when elections will be held,Cong will be wiped off: Kiren Rijiju pic.twitter.com/bgmgG6RDKh— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Ecstatic with lead in Assam, BJP calls Congress a 'small party'Trends show that Assam will make history, BJP is heading towards a big win: Shivraj S Chouhan, MP CM #Elections2016 pic.twitter.com/YBwKJFl0zm— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Infiltration, sealing border BJP's priority in Assam: SonowalBJP set to form government in the state, leads in 75 seats. Congress leads in 30 seats, AIUDF in 14 and Others in 8Congress loses Assam, BJP way aheadYeh vijay BJP ke liye bahut mahatvapurn hai, ye Congress ke liye ek lesson hai: Ram Madhav,BJP on #Assam results #Elections2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Want to thank ppl of Assam for giving us 48-49% vote,Govt is committed for development of the state: Ram Madhav,BJP pic.twitter.com/JtD4dciJnn— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Praying for a miracle? Tarun Gogoi offers prayers at Namghar temple, while Congress leads in 32 states onlyGuwahati: Latest pictures of CM Tarun Gogoi offering prayers at Namghar temple #Elections2016 pic.twitter.com/CsvOUfbeo1— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 BJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli by 3767 votes,CM Tarun Gogoi leading frm Titabor by 4432 votes #Assam #Elections2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing by over 7861 votes to Congress's candidate from Salmara South constituency #Assam #Elections2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 BJP leads with huge margins - Latest numbers stand at: BJP: 73 seats Congress: 25 seats AIUDF: 16 seats Others: 8 seatsBattle for Assam: BJP eyes Congress bastion Exit polls predictions likely to materialise: BJP surges ahead with 63 seats, while Congress still stands at 23. AIUDF wins 17 seats. Others win 5 seatsAIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal trailing by over 2400 votes to Congress's candidate from Salmara South constituency #Assam #Elections2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Assam Assembly polls: Tarun Gogoi leading in 1st round of counting of postal ballotsBJP crosses the 50-seat mark, leading with 55 seats. Congress stands at 20 seats, with AIUDF close behind at 14 seats.BJP is dominating Assam with 44 seats. Congress and AIUDF fight it out between themselves with 16 and 13 seats, respectivelyBJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading from Majuli. CM Tarun Gogoi leading from Titabor #Assam #Elections2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Latests trends show BJP leading in 36 seats, Congress follows with 15 seats and AIUDF with 13 seatsBJP is now leading with 29 seats, Congress with 13 seats and AIUDF with 6 seats#Election2016 Assam latest EC data from postal ballots: BJP leading in Dibrugarh,Moran,Lahoal and Tingkhong— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Update from Titabar: Tarun Gogoi leads in constituencyTrends show that BJP leads with 25 seats, Congress with 9 and AIUDF with 2Update from Majuli: BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal leading in constituencyMy very best wishes to all @BJP4India and AGP,BPF candidates . Also seeking blessings of all mighty and people of assam— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 18, 2016 BJP leading in 16 seats, Congress in 7 so farUpdate from Jalukbari: BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma leading from constituencyBJP leading in 11 seats & Congress leading in 6 seatsInitial trends show Congress leading in 3 seats and BJP in 2Politicians seek divine intervention ahead of Assembly polls results#Elections2016: Counting begins in West Bengal,Assam,Tamil Nadu,Kerala and Puducherry. Postal ballots to be opened first— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Assembly polls: Stage set for counting of votes on ThursdayExit polls were wrong, we will get 30 to 40 seats. I am confident: Badruddin Ajmal,AIUDF #Elections2016 #Assam pic.twitter.com/dEhf1zrUnu— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 BJP CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal offers prayers at Uttar Kamalabari Satra Temple in Majuli #Elections2016 #Assam pic.twitter.com/2Y1ZhL6Brl— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Good morning. Welcome to Election day coverage. Stay tuned for all the updates from Assam.Exit Polls: BJP set to take power in AssamSocial media stars: AssamAditi Phadnis: The implications of a high turnoutModi government not interested in ULFA talks: Tarun GogoiAssam assembly polls: Badruddin Ajmal sees greater role for AIUDF at national levelAssam assembly polls: Will Himanta Biswa Sarma make BJP's luck in the state?Assam assembly polls: Will Prafulla Kumar Mahanta manage to ditch his 'fading star' moniker?Assam assembly polls: Badruddin Ajmal - Will he stand strong against the political bigwigs?Assam assembly polls: Will Sarbananda Sonowal break Gogoi's 15-year rule?Assam assembly polls: More or less a done deal; Himanta likely to bag Jalukbari againAssam assembly polls: Two-time former CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta squares off against former aideAssam assembly polls: Assam's youngest major party takes on Congress in Salmara SouthAssam assembly polls: Will Majuli see the rise of a new star for BJP or more of the same?Assam assembly polls: 15 years of Gogoi - Anti-incumbency or home-ground advantageAssembly elections: 586 candidates in fray for first phase of Assam pollBivekananda Biswas: Alliances that may cost the BJP dearAssam polls: AGP comes out with first list of candidatesBattle for states begins on April 4 As Congress leader Tarun Gogoi completes his tenure as Chief Minister of Assam in June 2016, the state went to elections this year for its 14th legislative assembly. Polling in the state was held in two phases - April 4 and April 11, with results to be announced on May 19. While the main contenders during this election season include the Congress, BJP, AIUDF and AGP, the main battle is between Congress MLA and current CM Tarun Gogoi and Sarbananda Sonowal, the CM candidate for BJP. Tarun Gogoi has held the post of Chief Minister in the state since 2001, making him the longest serving CM in Assam. Sonowal on the other hand has been credited with BJP’s victory in seven of the 14 seats in Assam, increasing the BJP’s vote share in Assam to 35% in the 2014 polls, which has made him a popular candidate and a formidable opponent. Some of the other key candidates in the state include Badruddin Ajmal from AIUDF, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta from AGP and Himanta Biswa Sarma from BJP. Among all the five states that go to polls in 2016 - namely Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Assam is the only state in which BJP stands out as a strong contender, who might go on to form the government.