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No deal with Congress or BJP: Ajmal

- Party’s vision document plans radical changes for NE; AIUDF to contest 10 seats

Guwahati, Feb. 26: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) today categorically ruled out any truck with either the Congress or the BJP ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“The party’s stand has always been anti-Congress and anti-BJP and we stick to that. We will contest 10 seats in the general elections and our fight will be against the Congress and BJP,” AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal told reporters after the party’s general council meeting here.

He, however, said his party would be open to any pre-poll alliance with other parties.

“We are open to all other parties which are secular. There is a new political equation brewing in Delhi with 11 Left and other secular parties coming together to form a third front. So, the perception is that the Congress and the BJP will not be able to form governments at the Centre,” Ajmal said.

Asked if his party would consider any proposal by the Congress, he replied in the negative.

“The Congress and the BJP are dubnewala nao (sinking ships). So there is no question of any having truck with them. On the contrary, we consider the BJP to be not just our ‘number one dushman’ (enemy) but also an enemy of the country’s secular fabric,” he said.

On candidate selection, the AIUDF chief said, “We are yet to finalise the list of candidates. We are confident of doing well in the elections.”

The AIUDF was founded in October 2005.

In 2006, the party fought its maiden Assembly elections in Assam and won 10 seats. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the party fielded seven candidates and won one seat.

Asked which constituency he would be contesting from, Ajmal said, “In all likelihood and with the blessings of our party members, it will be Dhubri.”

Earlier, the party’s working president had Aditya Langthasa condemned the “discriminatory” land policy of the state government.

“The party vehemently condemns the government’s land policy that led KMSS activist Pranab Boro to sacrifice his life on February 24. The incident is unfortunate and we condole Boro’s death.”