BJP, allies vow to oust the Congress in Assam
March 19 2016 09:41 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Himanta Biswa Sarma speaks at an election campaign rally at Gohpur in Biswanath district of Assam yesterday.


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its alliance partners in Assam yesterday said they are determined to keep the ruling Congress out of power after assembly elections next month.
They appealed to all members of the partners to ensure the victory of the BJP, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), and Bodo People’s Front (BPF) alliance for the sake of good governance and a corruption-free Assam.
The three have forged an alliance ahead of the polls.
The BJP is contesting in 88 seats, the AGP 24 and the BPF about 14.
The alliance between the BJP and AGP, however, led to severe discontent among workers of both parties in different parts of the state and even led to splits in the two parties.
While the disgruntled workers of the AGP floated a new front christened AGP Regional Forum, the BJP workers unhappy over the alliance have formed the Trinamool BJP.
The split factions of the BJP and AGP have decided to put up their own candidates in some of the constituencies, which is expected the further divide the AGP and BJP vote banks, giving an edge to other parties like the Congress and AIUDF.
“I accept that there are some differences among us on some issues. However, we are working on hammering out the differences and I do not feel it is impossible. We have come together with the main objective of keeping the Congress out of power this time,” AGP president Atul Bora said at a press conference yesterday.
“The people of Assam want a change and the BJP has taken the initiative and we have supported it for the greater interest to make Assam Congress-free.”
The conference was addressed jointly by Bora, Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary.
Although the three parties have come together, they are yet to unveil a common minimum programme.
“People of Assam have given three opportunities to the Congress. However, the party had failed to fulfil the aspirations of the common people of the state. The Congress is power hungry and winning elections out of its Bangladeshi vote bank politics,” Sonowal said.
He said the BJP, AGP and BPF have emerged as a strong alternative to the Congress and it could only bring a stable and transparent government to Assam for overall development.
BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary said that his party had supported the Congress in the past and was an alliance partner of the Congress at Dispur for 10 years.
“However, we have realised that the problems of the Bodos and Bodoland are far from being over in the Congress rule. We believe that development can be brought by the BJP alone and so we have decided to support BJP this time,” he said, adding the alliance was sure to form the next government in the state.
The election will be held on April 4 and 11 to elect members from 126 constituencies.

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