More than politicians, student leaders and technocrats, including IIT graduates seem to be high on demand for ensuring victory in the 2016 assembly polls. JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Rohith Vemula even after his sad demise has become the poster boy for the ruling Congress party in Assam.
However, soon after Congress party posters showing Kanhaiya Kumar behind the bar and photographs of Rohith Vemula hanging from the rooftop flooded Assam, an alliance of six left political parties announced that Kumar would be campaigning for the alliance in April 4 and 11 elections in Assam. CPM leader Deven Bhattacharya disclosed to the media that six left parties have decided to contest elections under the banner of United Left Forum. Veteran CPI leader Drupad Borgohain stated that there was a possibility of Kumar campaigning in Assam. The JNUSU president is likely to campaign for the Left parties in West Bengal and Kerala also.
Even though the Congress party is silent over the posters of Kanhaiya Kumar and Rohith Vemula, it has already hired a group of graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) ‘booth micromanagement’ strategy to cultivate voters for the party. Under this strategy, the party is set to recruit three volunteers — one young, one old and one female — for every 100 voters.
Earlier, Gogoi had also tried to rope in renowned political strategist Prashant Kishore to plan out his elections. However, Kishore in his prescription for Assam suggested replacing three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi. ‘He also suggested having an alliance with the AIUDF, which has support among immigrant Muslims,’ informed a Congress insider, adding, ‘Both the ideas were shot down by All India Congress Committee (AICC) as well as the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).