In order to counter the alliance between the BJP and Bodoland People’s Font (BPF) in the forthcoming Assam Legislative Assembly elections, the ruling Congress has now tied up with United People’s Party (UPP) in Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD).
‘We have entered into an alliance to defeat the communal BJP and its corrupt ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF),’ stated APCC president Anjan Dutta, adding, ‘Social justice should be for all irrespective of tribe, caste and communities of the State.’ Dutta also revealed that Congress is talking to another party for forming an alliance, but declined to divulge.
‘Following the alliance, Congress has now decided not to contest in four seats of BTAD—Kokrajhar West, Kokrajhar East, Sidli and Chapaguri,’ he disclosed. ‘Besides these four, we decided to have friendly contests on nine more seats, where both the parties will contest but with a mutual understanding. Some of these seats fall outside the BTAD,’ Dutta asserted, adding, ‘These nine constituencies are Gossaigaon, Barama, Tamulpur, Paneri, Bijni, Mazbat, Dhekiajuli, Udalguri, and Kaliagaon. He further informed that however the party is yet to take a decision regarding Bongaingaon, Gauripur, Sarbhog and Bhabanipur.
Meanwhile UPP President U G Brahma claimed that his party has always been fighting against corruption by BPF, which has formed an alliance with BJP for the Assam Assembly polls this year.