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The BJP will once again contest in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He has also been organizing public meetings in different parts of the state for the last few days.
- BJP will fight with AGP and UPPL
- Congress has formed a grand alliance with 4 parties
From Deutsche Valle. Assembly elections are due in Assam in April-May this year. This time the BJP-Congress in the state may be triangular rather than a direct contest, as the regional parties of the state are forming alliances. Their aim is to prevent the sharing of votes among smaller parties.
The ruling BJP will contest elections with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberals (UPPL). The main opposition Congress, along with the three leftist parties CPI-M, CPI and CPI-MLL, has formed a grand alliance with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
The Raijor Dal led the CAA movement in the state
On Thursday, the two major regional parties, the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and the Raizor Dal (RD), announced that they would contest the upcoming elections simultaneously. Lurinjyoti Gogoi, a former leader of the All Assam Students Union, has joined the AJP. He made the announcement after a three-hour meeting on Thursday with Jail supremo Akhil Gogoi. Akhil Gogoi is in jail for leading the agitation against CAA in December 2019. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College.
Political analyst and author Rajkumar Kalyanjit Singh says that even though the BJP is denying the direct threat of AJP, RD or any alliance, it is also wary of the alliance of two regional parties. AJP and RD can impact BJP’s performance in 45 seats in East Assam.
Gogoi is trying to combine many more regional parties
Lurinjyoti Gogoi says his party is in touch with Karbi Anglong, the Autonomous State Demand Committee and BPF. Both have a strong support base among the local people in central-western Assam. According to Gogoi, his regional alliance will field candidates for all 126 seats in the state. AJP and RD leaders have rejected proposals to join the Congress-led grand alliance.
Last year, the BJP had associated new allies with the NDA.
Following the Bodoland Territorial Council election results in December last year, the BJP parted ways with the Bodo People’s Front and announced its support to its new allies UPPL and Gana Security Council (GSP). At the same time, Congress state president Ripun Bora and other leaders claim that this time there will be a tsunami of votes in favor of the grand alliance in the state.
BJP leader and Minister of State Himanta Biswa Sarma says that ‘only Bangladesh can help Congress bring a tsunami of votes in the upcoming assembly elections’.
BJP won 60 seats in the last election
In the 2016 assembly elections, the BJP managed to win the maximum 60 seats out of 126 seats in the state. Its allies Assam Gana Parishad got 14 seats and Bodo People’s Front 12 seats. The Bodo People’s Front has left the BJP. The Congress and AIUDF contested separately in 2016. Congress got 26 seats and AIUDF got 13 seats.