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Panchayat elections: Congress revives in Assam
Despite its debacle in some districts the opposition party Congress could revive strongly in Assam in the recently concluded panchayat polls. Elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in Assam were held in two phrases on December 5 and 9. The counting of which started on December 12 has showed revival of the Grand Old party in the state once again.

However, the ruling party i.e. the BJP swept clean in a number of districts like Kamrup (Metro), Tinsukia, Majuli and Biswanath. Apart from that it has occupied majority Zila Parishad seats of some districts like Dibrugah, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Kamrup (rural), Nalbari and Sivasagar. It could also keep its fort intact in some assembly constituencies like Dispur, Jagiroad, Jalukbari, Sotea, Rangapara etc. But the Congress ensured formation of the Zilaparishad committees in almost seven districts curtailing down the prospects of the ruling party.

The party could show its revival in districts like Jorhat, Morigaon, Barpeta, Dhubri, Hojai, Cacher etc. Apart from that some districts like Sivasagar, Nagaon, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji etc. also have proven strong presence of the party. This development has been compelling political pundits to admit the fact that the despite strong wind blowing from the ruling party the Congress, which was ousted from power of the state two and half years earlier, has still remained pertinent in the state political arena. 

What is interesting is this time is that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the BJP in the state, had gone to the recently concluded panchayat polls in state unlike Tiwa Jatiya Akaya Mancha, Rabha Hasong Yotha Sangram Samity and Ganamukti, which are also allies of the saffron party. The AGP fought its alone citing its opposition to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

However, it has been almost rejected by the voters despite the fact that the regional party's base lies largely among the indigenous populace of the state. For its ally's opposition the BJP had to tackle double challenge in the polls. On the other hand the Congress's revival could be a major challenge for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state.

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