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Ajmal to explore post-poll alliances

The AIUDF will explore the possibility of a post-poll alliance without the Congress and the BJP to form the next government in the state.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 6.04.16
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Badruddin Ajmal speaks at the news meet in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, April 5: The AIUDF will explore the possibility of a post-poll alliance without the Congress and the BJP to form the next government in the state.

The alliance may include the AGP and the BPF, the two parties currently contesting the elections in a tie-up with the BJP.

"The first phase of Assembly elections have made it clear that the AIUDF will win at least 17 of the 65 seats. While the BJP will perform poorly despite its tall claims, the ruling Congress will lose many seats in the first phase. Under such circumstances, we can well predict that there will be a hung Assembly and the AIUDF will be a kingmaker in this election. Without the AIUDF's help, it will be impossible for any party to form the next government at Dispur," AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal told The Telegraph here this morning.

Ajmal, while maintaining that the AIUDF would retain its anti-Congress and anti-BJP stand even after the elections, said the party was ready to forge an alliance with any party other than the Congress and the BJP to come to power.

"If such an alliance is formed we will not mind accepting the regional parties like the AGP and the BPF. Any other party will be able to join the alliance," Ajmal said.

On March 17, the AIUDF, JDU and RJD announced a grand alliance of "secular parties" in Assam and invited the Congress to join them to fight the BJP in the Assembly polls.

"We wanted a grand alliance in Assam of all secular parties on the lines of the recent Bihar polls to fight jointly against the BJP and its communal politics. The AIUDF had urged the Congress several times to join us in its efforts to fight against the BJP and prevent it from finding a foothold in Assam. We also wanted the AGP to join us, along with the JDU and the RJD, but the AGP went ahead with the BJP and the Congress rejected our proposals," Ajmal said.

Ajmal's move to explore a "secular alliance" came after chief minister Tarun Gogoi recently said secular forces in the state should come together to stem the BJP's growth in the state.

Gogoi had also hinted at the Congress's openness to form an alliance with other secular parties in the state to check the BJP.

The AIUDF is the principal Opposition party in Assam, having bagged 18 seats in the last Assembly polls. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the AIUDF managed to win three of the 14 seats in Assam.

"The AIUDF will emerge as the much stronger party in this election," Ajmal said.