All the Left Front candidates had lost their deposits during the 2016 Assembly ballot.

Straddling the 10-member “Mahajot” or the Congress-led Grand Alliance, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a return to Assam after 15 years.

As constituents of the “Mahajot”, the CPI (M), CPI and CPI (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) each received one seat in the Assembly elections.

Munin Mahanta of CPI finished third in Marigaon constituency behind Rama Kanta Dewri of Bharatiya Janata Party and Bani Kanti Das of Assam Jatiya Parishad. Bibek Das of CPI (ML) (L) did the same in Behali behind Textiles Minister Ranjijt Dutta of BJP and independent candidate Jayanta Borah.

But CPI’s Manoranjan Talukdar beat BJP’s Sankar Chandra Das by a margin of 10,262 votes to win Sorbhog, a left-wing stronghold that turned right 10 years ago. Sorbhog is located in the Barpeta district in western Assam.

BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass snatched the seat in 2011 and retained it in 2016, but this time moved to Patacharkuchi in neighboring Bajali district to maintain his winning streak.

Once a fairly powerful force in some pockets of Assam, the Left Front parties were allies in the coalition government led by Prafulla Kumar Mahanta from 1996 to 2001.

The IPC, IPC (M) and IPC (ML) (L) contested a total of 41 seats in the 2016 election. All of its candidates lost their deposits, garnering 0.86% of the total vote.

In 2006, the IPC (M) won two seats and the IPC one. They were respectively Ananta Deka (Rangia), Uddhav Barman (Sorbhog) and Drupad Borgohain (Nazira). MOE

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