BJP candidate Ranoj Pegu won the Dhemaji Assembly by-election in Assam defeating his nearest Congress rival Babul Sonowal .
The bypoll was necessitated following the election of BJP MLA Pradan Baruah as MP from Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat.
A total of five candidates were in the fray and the other three candidates are CPI(M)’s Jadu Hazarika, SUCI(C)’s Hem Kanta Miri and Independent Rajkumar Doley.
“The result has made it amply clear that the popularity of the BJP is on the wane,” said Apurba Bhattacharyya, APCC senior spokesman. “The number of votes polled by our candidate has increased by nearly 27,000 in just about five months. It also clearly indicates that the popularity of Congress is on the rise.” This, Bhattacharya said, had happened even after all top leaders of the BJP-led alliance had camped in the district for several days.
Chief Minister Sonowal, while thanking the voters of Dhemaji for electing Ranoj Pegu, said it was a reflection of the people’s faith in Narendra Modi’s government at the Centre and a validation of their satisfaction with the performance of the state government.