GUWAHATI: Fearing the infamous ‘horse-trading’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), constituents of the Congress-led Mahajot parties are now launching their candidates out of Assam’s orbit as a safeguard measure.
The Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front has already issued a notice to their candidates to attend a meeting in Kokrajhar at 3 pm today. It is believed that they are planning to ‘deport’ their candidates by today evening.
As per sources, Congress is all but certain to follow the same trend.
Earlier today, one of the major Mahajot parties, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), had already made arrangements and deported their 18 candidates for the three phases of Assam Assembly Polls to Rajasthan in a chartered plane today. This includes 3 incumbent MLAs.
After the conclusion of the polls, various reports are claiming that the competition between the incumbent BJP and the Congress-led Mahajot is neck to neck and no party is likely to get an absolute majority.
With 3 weeks left till the declaration of the final results of Assembly polls on May 2, the opposition is of the view that the BJP might attempt to lure their candidates away with questionable ‘tactics’. Hence, they have decided to keep their candidates out of BJP’s reach by deporting them out of Assam.
Earlier, asked by InsideNE, Randeep Singh Sujerwala, national general secretary of Congress, said, “We urge the people of Assam to give us Chhattisgarh-like absolute majority which cannot be bought by the BJP or anyone. We want 101 seats.”
He stated that in a democratic country one should respect people’s mandate. “Trying to topple a government after getting people’s mandate is unacceptable,” he said, sounding a dire warning to the saffron party.
At the same time, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chairman Ripun Bora recently told a prominent daily that the grand alliance is expecting to win upwards of 90 Seats.
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