'Spurned' Taimur in AIUDF - Denied a ticket, one deserts, the other turns mentor

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 21.03.11
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Syeda Anwara Taimur addresses the media in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, March 20: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) received a shot in the arm today with Assam’s only Muslim and woman chief minister Syeda Anwara Taimur quitting the Congress to join the party.

Taimur was welcomed by AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal with a phulam gamosa. The 74-year-old former chief minister said she would sincerely work for the party but would not contest the elections.

Significantly, Taimur’s switch to the AIUDF has come a few days after the Congress’s rejection of her candidature from the Nagaon constituency.

Taimur, however, said her decision to join the AIUDF was not because of rejection by the Congress. “I have left the Congress because the party has moved away from its principles,” Taimur said.

Taimur served as chief minister of the state from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981.

Her term ended when President’s rule was imposed on the state for six months. She was also a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 1990.

Taimur alleged that the Congress had deprived all “faithful members” of the party of candidature and were instead offering tickets to some people “picked up from here and there”.

“Badruddin is a person of clean personality. Taking the minorities and other communities with me, I want to work for the welfare of the state,” said Taimur.

Ajmal said he had always considered Taimur his “family guardian” and was happy to get her as a guardian for his party as well.

The AIUDF today declared names of six more candidates.

Ajmal did not rule out the possibility of joining hands with the Congress after the election. “Nobody knows what will happen after the election. The post-poll scenario may change,” he said.

The AIUDF, which had earlier decided not to field any candidate against former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta in Samaguri, has now put up one, with Ajmal saying he wished Mahanta would win.

“The election committee of the party decided to field a candidate,” Ajmal said.