April 3: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today announced a list of non-Congress candidates and urged people to vote for them to defeat the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.
The list came a few hours after Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that Akhil was not a factor in the polls.
The list includes names of candidates from the CPM, CPI (M-L), AGP, AIUDF and the BJP and is based on the principle of supporting the closest rival of the Congress candidate in each constituency, Akhil told reporters at the KMSS head-office here today.
Akhil said they were opposed to Congress policies like handing over of rights on natural resources to national and foreign companies, introduction of privatisation, abolition of permanent jobs and permission to construct big dams in the Northeast. Alleging that the Congress government was corrupt, he said, “That is why we think there should not be a Congress government.”
Just hours before this, Gogoi had said the Congress would perform better than in the last Lok Sabha election. “We will win 10 of the 14 seats in Assam. Akhil Gogoi will not be a factor in the elections. He cannot generate public opinion against the Congress.”
|BJP candidate Bijoya Chakravarty on her way to file her nomination in Guwahati on Thursday. (PTI)
Akhil said the Aam Aadmi Party was better than the BJP and they had full sympathy for AAP but did not support it because of the party’s poor base. He said there was not much difference between the Congress and the BJP, but they were supporting the latter for the sake of defeating the Congress.
Akhil appealed to all non-Congress parties to shed their differences and work together to defeat the Congress. “I appeal to the political parties to put up a united fight against the Congress. They should promote the strongest candidate among them.”
Akhil said KMSS members would be barred from attending meetings of political parties or working with their members. “Instead, KMSS members will carry on their anti-Congress campaign in their own way,” he added.
He claimed that the KMSS was a “determining factor” in the election and could guarantee 1.5 to 2 lakh votes in favour of its chosen candidate in several constituencies.
For Gauhati seat, he said, people could also vote for Bijoya Chakravarty if they think she is fitter than the AGP candidate. He said they might change the names of their chosen candidates based on inputs from people.
Gogoi warned the KMSS to refrain from disturbing the Congress’s election rallies, failing which his party would be forced to lodge complaints against it.
KMSS workers had yesterday tried to disrupt Gogoi's campaign in Majuli and had also shouted slogans against Jorhat Congress candidate Bijoy Krishna Handique during a rally in Upper Assam.
Akhil today said they would send thousands of their supporters to Congress rallies to campaign against the party.