Guwahati, Sep 20 (PTI) Congress prepares to fight by-elections in Assam, due to take place by the end of this year, alone without forming an alliance, party chairman Bhupen said on Monday Kumar Borah.
The state Congress has decided to present its own candidates for the seats where the secondary ballots will be held, as it wants to regain lost ground in the constituencies that were proposed to the alliance partners ahead of the legislative elections held earlier this year. year, he said.
Five assembly seats are now vacant due to deaths and resignations of MPs, while another lawmaker who became Union minister has yet to leave his post in the House.
“Due to the alliance, our organization has become weak in many areas such as the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). Our cadres have become demotivated in the constituencies where we have not participated. We need to strengthen these seats,” Borah said during an interaction with senior officials. state media journalists.
In order to excite the workers on the ground and to strengthen the party organization keeping in mind the Lok Sabha polls in 2024 and the legislative elections in 2026, Congress will fight alone against the secondary polls, he said. added.
The Congress, which had been in power for 15 years in Assam since 2001, had formed a “ Grand Alliance ” with the AIUDF, BPF, CPI (M), CPI, CPI (ML), Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM ), RJD, the Adivasi National Party (ANP) and the Jimochayan People’s Party (Deori) (JPP) to fight the BJP-led NDA in this year’s parliamentary elections.
The Assam Pradesh Congressional Committee last month decided to break the alliance with the AIUDF and the Bodoland Popular Front (BPF), while the CPI (M) said it only had a seat-sharing agreement with Congress but was not part of an alliance.
“This will send a strong message to our workers that we are serious about rebuilding the party. We have had discussions with regional opposition parties like Raijor Dal (RD) and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP). But Raijor Dal has already announced the candidate for a seat, ”Borah said.
He said, however, that AJP President Lurinjyoti Gogoi’s proposal to give a common candidate for a seat was still under consideration.
“We have solicited nominations from interested congressional leaders in all six constituencies by September 27. We will not make a final decision until after that. If we insist on united opposition, we cannot get our workers excited,” said Borah.
In the Assam Assembly, which has 126 members, by-elections will be held in six seats: Mariani, Thowra, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Gossaigaon and Majuli.
Two congressmen and one from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) joined the BJP and resigned from the assembly. A lawmaker from the People’s United Liberal Party (UPPL) and the Bodoland Popular Front (BPF) has died.
The sixth seat is expected to become vacant when former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal resigns as he joined the Union Cabinet as Minister.
At present, the BJP has 60 MPs, but in reality 59, because Sonowal has not yet resigned from the assembly.
The ruling alliance partners – the AGP has nine and the UPPL has five deputies. The strength of Congress is 27, while BPF has three and CPI (M) has one MP. There is also an independent member. PTI TR DG
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