Assam Polls: JD (U), CPI (M) to test waters

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of BJP Election Campaign Committee

File Photo of BJP Election Campaign Committee

In a fresh adventure, Nitish Kumars Janata Dal United has decided to test the political waters in the state of Assam by making a debut.

“We will contest and Party leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would campaign for the party in the state,” said a JD(U) press release.

For finalising the list of the party candidates, JD(U) national general secretary Arun Kumar Srivastav is scheduled to arrive in Guwahati on Tuesday.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) will also contest in 18 seats in the upcoming Assembly election. Six Left parties are fielding their candidates in 59 assembly seats.

The ruling congress has not finalised its candidates and is scheduled to initiate the process by the end of this week.

On the other hand, BJP formed an alliance with Assam Gana Parishad. The party had earlier announced the names of 88 candidates, along with its chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal.

Another sitting Lok Sabha MP, Kamakhya Prasad Tasha is contesting against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi from Kaliabor.

AGP-BJP combine is targeting to win 86 of the 126 Assembly seats by garnering the non-Congress votes.

“It was done in consideration of the present political scenario in Assam. There have been 15 years of lawlessness here under the Congress with the government failing to protect people’s life and property,” said AGP leader Atul Bora.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently termed the BJP-Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) alliance was a “marriage of convenience” just to grab power in the state.

Assam goes to the polls in two phases with 65 of the 126 constituencies in the first phase on April 4 and the rest 61 on April 11.