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...But Ajmal wants little brother to contest

Dhubri, March 11: AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal is worried about his younger brother Sirajuddin’s fate.

Sirajuddin, a sitting legislator from Jamunamukh of Nagaon district, was to be nominated from Barpeta. But in view of opposition by grassroots workers, the nomination process has been stalled for the time being, a party insider in Barpeta said.

This has created a great deal of tension in the AIUDF.

Party sources in Barpeta alleged that Ajmal was trying to bring family members into politics. His son, Abdur Rahman Ajmal, is a legislator from South Salmara Assembly constituency of Dhubri district and now he wants to field Sirajuddin from Barpeta.

“This is too much. We are against family politics and Barpeta had seen many an MP from outside the constituency in past. But this time, we will not accept Sirajuddin as party candidate and instead, we want Serman Ali Ahmed, the sitting legislator from Baghbor,” a party worker in Baghbar said.

While admitting the prevailing dissatisfaction among a section of party workers, Barpeta district AIUDF president Samsuddin Ahmed said opposition against Sirajuddin instigated by a vested interest group.

“This dissatisfaction will disappear after the party announces Sirajuddin’s name as candidate from Barpeta seat,” said Ahmed.

AIUDF legislator from Sarukhetri of Barpeta, Ali Hussain, said they would accept any candidate nominated by the party, including Sirajuddin and work hard for that candidate.

Ajmal senior was also facing hurdles in fulfilling his dream to uplift his party position in New Delhi, a source said.

Earlier, Ajmal failed to materialise a seat-sharing deal with the Congress because of strong opposition from chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

During the talks with the Congress in New Delhi, Badruddin Ajmal demanded Dhubri, Barpeta and Karimganj seats. When the negotiation for seat-sharing was on between Congress leader Ahmed Patel and Badruddin Ajmal, Gogoi rushed to New Delhi and in consultation with the high command announced the names of candidates from Dhubri, Barpeta and Karimganj along with seven other seats.


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