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Cong to go to Assam polls without CM candidate face: Jitender Singh

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GUWAHATI: All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Assam Jitender Singh today said the Congress will go to the Assam assembly elections without projecting any chief minister candidate.

Interacting with the media after an Assam Pradesh Congress Committee spokespersons’ training programme here today, Singh brimmed with confidence while claiming that the Congress and its allies will form the government.

“We will go without any chief ministerial candidate. This is one of the democratic features of the Congress,” he said.

Asked about seat sharing among the partners of the six-party alliance, Singh said: “It will be decided in a joint sitting of all the stakeholders. I am sure no one will be left with any disappointment.”

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Meanwhile, upholding party MP from Kaliabor Gaurav Gogoi’s claim, Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque today said the Congress and its allies would win more than 100 seats in the state elections. He also said the BJP and its allies would not be able to win 20 seats in the 126-member house.

“The BJP alliance will win hardly 20 seats. The BJP would win about 10 seats and the others would get a maximum of 10 more,” Khaleque said.

He also stated that the Assam Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal are too immature to understand the equations in politics.

Nagaon MP Pradyut Bordoloi also took a jibe at BJP minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement that the Congress-All India United Democratic Front alliance would win 101 seats only in Bangladesh, saying: “The alliance has sent shock waves among the opponents. So, they have started blurting anything. Congress does not go to Bangladesh to seek divine blessings. It’s he who spoke those things often go to Bangladesh seeking divine blessings.”

Bordoloi explained the 101 figure saying: “To do anything good, one sets a target. We need 65 seats to form the government which we will win. We had set ourselves a target of 80 seats. Now that we are in an alliance, we are expecting the figure to go beyond 100.”

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