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Wednesday , March 19 , 2014
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Wazed rules out ‘pact’ with AIUDF

Dhubri, March 18: Wazed Ali Choudhury, the Congress candidate for Dhubri Lok Sabha seat, today dismissed claims that he was a “weak candidate” and promised to put up a strong fight against his rival candidate, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal.

He also ruled out allegations of a “secret alliance” between the Congress and the AIUDF.

“I am here to defeat him (Ajmal) by the same margin of votes by which he had won last time. I would like to clear that there is no alliance with the AIUDF, overtly or covertly. It is a do-or-die fight and the Congress will leave no stone unturned to defeat him,” he said.

Choudhury, who arrived here a couple of days back, told The Telegraph today that he was overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm of thousands of party workers who greeted him on the way to Dhubri from Guwahati.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi will address a rally for Choudhury in Bilasipara town of Dhubri district on March 22.

Choudhury said Ajmal had done nothing for Dhubri constituency in the last five years and he could not fool the voters by his “art of magic to cure ailing persons” this time.

On the other candidates in the fray, he said the BJP had given a close fight only once in 1999 when the party’s candidate Bimal Oswal got more votes than what the BJP usually gets. Oswal had ridden the sympathy wave after his father Pannalal was assassinated, he added. He said the Congress was strong and united enough to take on Ajmal and the other candidates did not worry the party.

However, in Dhubri political circles, there is talk about an unofficial alliance between the Congress and the AIUDF, though leaders of either party did not admit this openly. But they said there was “a covert understanding aimed at a future alliance”.

“Deep resentment prevails among the AIUDF workers in lower Assam districts on the selection of candidates, including Bijoy Kumar Tiru against Congress candidate Gaurav Gogoi, son of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, for the Kaliabor seat. This covert alliance will create a distance between the AIUDF and voters,” a Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity,

In 1999, Congress candidate Abdul Hamid had won by defeating BJP candidate Bimal Oswal. In 2004, Congress’s Anowar Hussain won by defeating AGP candidate Afzalur Rahman. In 2009, Hussain lost to AIUDF candidate Badruddin Ajmal.

The victory margin of the Congress in 1999 was 21,340 votes, while in 2004 it was 1,16,622 votes. The AIUDF won by a margin of 1,84,414 votes in 2009.