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AGP-BJP alliance could have cost Congress in Assam polls

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Sun, May 15, 2011 03:57 hrs
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New Delhi: The Congress, which won Assembly elections with a thumping majority to retain power in Assam, would not have even got a simple majority had AGP and BJP cobbled up a pre-poll alliance.

As per the election statistics, Congress would have suffered loss in at least 20 seats had AGP and BJP joined hands in fighting the polls in the Northeastern state.

There were at least 10 more seats where the combined vote share of AGP and BJP was less than 500 to 1,000 votes than the winning Congress candidates.

"The entire scenario would have been totally different if AGP and BJP could have entered into an pre-poll alliance," an AGP leader, who wished not to be named, said.

In the 126-member Assembly, Congress won 78 seats while its alliance partner Bodo Peoples Front won 12 seats.

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