Elections 2014: Celebrations underway at BJP headquarters in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: Celebrations began at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bhavan, the BJP headquarters here, a day ahead of counting on Friday, as BJP leaders seemed confident of the party's 'all-time best' performance in the state.

With exit poll surveys giving an edge to the BJP-led NDA and the state recording a high turnout, party leaders and workers anticipated a good result this time.

"After considering all the pros and cons of voting patterns in the constituencies and comparing the exhaustive feedback of our polling agents, we can now confidently say that BJP is going to win seven-plus seats this time," BJP state vice-president Siddhartha Bhattacharya said, after emerging from an hour-long meeting at the party headquarters on Thursday.

Once the meeting was over, other leaders began making celebration plans that are expected to start on Friday and continue till Saturday. While a leader was seen deciding the menu for Friday's dinner party, others were engaged in finding a perfect spot to install a large television set that would beam the results from across the country. "There will be a cultural function as well," said another leader, who was asked to arrange a sound system.

BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal, who contested from Lakhimpur, and other candidates of the party will reach the headquarters from their respective constituencies on Saturday.

BJP leader Adip Phukan said, "In Assam, people are desperate for an alternative to Congress. Hence, the emergence of Narendra Modi as a resolute and strong leader has garnered people's support and votes for BJP this election. In fact, the Modi-wave is likely to help BJP gain a foothold in the northeast." The high turnout had sent a strong and clear message against Congress, he claimed.

However, for Congress, which is battling dissidence by some of its legislators, there was no question of preparations for the counting day. In fact, some party leaders were of the opinion that dissident activities had affected the party's prospects.

Meanwhile, there is a steady rush of candidates, cutting across party lines, to the Kamakhya temple to seek the Goddess' blessings for the D-day.