The BJP today virtually dropped the idea of an alliance with the ruling AGP for the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state and gave priority to capturing power on its own.
The decision was taken at a two-day meeting of the central office-bearers which began here today.
The meeting also decided to give a free hand to the state unit to decide the poll strategy including the issue of forging tie-ups with other like-minded parties, party spokesman Narendra Modi told reporters here.
“The state unit is independent to take the decision in matters of elections. The central committee will consider whatever decision is taken by the state unit,” Modi said, while briefing newsmen on the party’s Guwahati conclave.
The senior BJP leader said the Assam unit of his party maintained the stand that the party should fight the AGP and the Congress. He said the party concluded that the mandate of people in the recent bypolls in favour of the BJP and its allies would have direct impact on the elections.
State BJP leaders, who were waiting with baited breath at the city hotel where the meet was being held, cheered up when Modi announced that the state BJP unit had been given a free hand in poll matters. “The BJP and its allies won 10 out of 11 seats of the Assembly and parliamentary byelections. The Congress was completely wiped out,” he added.
Modi said the BJP approved of efforts by its ally, the Trinamul Congress, to form a mahajot (alliance) with the Congress in West Bengal.
“Our party has welcomed it from the very beginning as it was essential to dethrone the Left Front government in the state,” the BJP spokesman said.
This if for the first time that the BJP central office-bearers’ meeting is being held outside Delhi, Modi added. The meeting, presided over by party president Bangaru Laxman, was attended by senior leaders like Kushabhau Thakre, Union human research minister Murli Manohar Joshi, former Delhi chief ministers Madan Lal Khurana and Sahib Singh Verma.
Apart from Assam elections, the meeting will also discuss strategies for four other states which go to polls in April-May.
On the political situation in the Northeast, the meeting attributed the “increasing instability, lack of economic development and serious law and order breakdown” to the “nexus” between some local politicians, extremist outfits and drug mafiosi.