If BJP strategists are to be believed, the party didn’t rake up the Hindu-Muslim issue and its own estimate is that at least 20% of Assam’s Muslim population voted for the party
The BJP leadership was also quick to learn from the mistakes it had committed in Delhi and Bihar. Within days of its embarrassing defeat in Bihar, Shah announced Sarbananda Sonowal as the party’s Assam chief ministerial candidate.
Apart from the exception of Delhi where BJP had belatedly declared Kiran Bedi as its face against Arvind Kejriwal, this was a first in all the Assembly polls since 2014 that the party had decided to go local.
The BJP not only junked its strategy of projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the face of its campaign but ensured he addressed merely eight public rallies. Compared to its Bihar campaign, the BJP’s canvassing in Assam was markedly calmer. In another lesson learnt from Bihar and Delhi, the PM and other leaders took care not to be insulting towards octogenarian incumbent CM Tarun Gogoi.
PROMISES TO KEEP
To work closely with Centre to achieve complete sealing of Indo-Bangladesh border; scrutinising citizenship of all suspect residents; leveraging biometrics for revision of electoral rolls
Law to punish those industries, businesses and MSMEs who employ “infiltrators”
Protecting religious, cultural and ecological land from infiltrators
35% reservation for women in state government jobs
Excise revenue very low in state because of corruption and defective mechanism of allotment; thus, policy to be revamped in order to maximise excise revenue generation
To construct five bridges over the Barak river
Building 30 new ITIs in the state and leverage PMMY for job creation
Pucca houses for all BPL families in rural areas by 2021
Distributing sanitary napkins and iron pills free of cost to every household in Assam
Waiving fees of girl students from Class X to university level; scooty for girl students who reside 15 km away from their colleges
To set up special economic zones; building brand “Awesome Assam” to promote tourism