BJP looks to retain power but CAA could be sore point in Assam.


The Election Commission of India on Friday announced the dates for the elections to the Assam Assembly, set to be held over three phases — March 27, April 1 and April 6 — with the results to be declared on May 2.

The elections will see a triangular contest between the BJP and its allies, the Congress and its ‘grand alliance’, and an alliance of two newly-formed regional parties as a third front.

Soon after the dates were announced, senior Assam minister and the BJP’s key leader in the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, tweeted, “Assam Assembly Polls are announced and we seek your blessing to form government again. We’re grateful for your faith and cooperation in the last 5 years during which Assam witnessed stupendous growth. We promise to continue the same under the leadership of Hon PM Sri Narendra Modi.”

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