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Saturday, December 4, 2021

    Warming up to Assam 2021 polls: BJP-Congress rely on Public feedback

    While BJP begins collecting public feedbacks, Opposition Congress plans to reestablish its ‘lost’ grip.

    Guwahati: Amidst Coronavirus pandemic, Assam gradually slipping into the election mode as the state slated to go for poll in 2021. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has begun collecting public feedbacks about the performances of its party legislators, Opposition Congress in the state planed to reestablish its ‘lost’ grip.

    In contrast to the state BJP’s mission 100 for 2021 (winning 100 seats out of total 126 in Assam), the Congress chose to stick to its previous goal of mission 80. In the House of 126, BJP and its allies hold 87 seats while the Congress has 23. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has 14 seats too.

    Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora believed that the party’s aim of winning 80 seats seemed realistic with BJP’s alleged failure in tackling the state’s major issues like Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the COVID crisis, Dehing Patkai mining issue and rampant corruptions.

    Bora said, “With the passing time, the misrule of BJP has come to fore. The ruling party has ignored the public sentiments. They also imposed CAA upon the people of Assam and during the COVID crisis also huge corruption has taken place in distributing relief to the marginalized section of people in the state. People of Assam are frustrated and are looking for an alternative.”

    Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi had said, “The focus is to re-establishing contact with people and strengthening the booth committees. Our workers need to visit each household and enquire whether promises made by the ruling party have actually been delivered or not.”

    Party insiders said that Congress and AIUDF may also explore a possible political alliance ahead of the poll. Both the parties had joined hands recently and backed anti- CAA activist Ajit Bhuyan for Rajya Sabha seat.

    BJP workers in Assam, on the other hand, have decided to fan out to connect to as many as 50 lakh families in the state within June.

    State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass said, “Our workers will present to the people with a list of achievements of the Narendra Modi led government and four-year-old BJP led government in Assam. We want to tell them how both Centre and the state government has been taking care of all the people’s expectations and concentrating on the growth of the state.”

    Sources in the saffron camp added that the fate of the BJP MLAs would be decided based on the report cards received from their respective constituencies.

    “The party is very much concerned about people’s feedback on the performances of our MLAs. The party has also launched WhatsApp No for the public to submit report cards of 126 BJP MLAs and opposition MLAs,” Dass added.


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