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Assam: 70 groups to form political party ahead of Assembly polls 2021?

Ahead of the 2021 Assembly election, 70 groups who have been vocal against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are planning to come together to form a party in a bid to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The popular names include Anup Jyoti, Akhil Gogoi, Rubul Deka, Bitu Sonowal, Hussain Mohammad among others have decided to fight against the BJP.

Ajit Bhuyan Anchalik, Akhil Gogoi periphery organisations and other 16 parties are also aiming to participate but are now fragmented. In the preliminary stage, a party backed by AASU is also on the talks. However, so many parties may prove detrimental as they will cut each other votes and will eventually help BJP win.

Speaking to Inside Northeast, KMSS Joint Secretary denied Akhil Gogoi’s involvement from Sibsagar and Teok and said “all the political talk is based on rumour”.

Earlier, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and President Dipanka Kumar Nath had decided to float a new party. The expected party is to begin operations from December. Speaking to Inside Northeast on Tuesday, Dipanka Nath confirmed that talks of a new party are there. On the issue of him and Lurinjyoti leaving the Apex Student Union body, he replied, “we can’t confirm anything as yet”. Amid the lack of clarity, political observers find this as a start of political erosion of the AASU top brass leadership in the event of Lurinjyoti and Dipanka leaving the organisation. As such, talks about replacing them have already surfaced. However, Lurinjyoti denied commenting on the new political party and his joining.

After the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a host of leaders have been vocal about the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). However, as revealed by Dipanka Nath, the new party will take in such people but it will not be limited to only opposing the BJP. “The party will be starting a new Jatiyotabadi (regional) politics in the state and we will take people who believe in that new ideology”.

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