Six political parties have joined hands to form a ‘grand alliance’ against the ruling BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections in Assam.
The decision to form the alliance was announced by Congress party in a press conference on Thursday.
According to Congress, it would form an alliance with Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF and four other parties–CPI, CPM, CPI-ML and Anchalik Gana Morcha.
The party claimed that the ‘grand alliance’ has been formed for the people of Assam and to “save Assam”.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora said: “Today is a historic day for Assam. It is the first time that six political parties have come forward to unitedly fight the BJP. The BJP is involved in blackmail politics and they are communalising everything. They have divided our people and the country’s economy is totally finished.”
In a bid to oust the BJP, the alliance has also welcomed ‘all-like minded’ parties to join them.
Taking a dig at the ruling BJP and calling for a need to save Assam, Bora said the state currently has a “per capita debt of Rs 23,000”. “Assam will be finished under BJP, ” he said.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel claimed the ‘grand alliance’ of Congress and six other parties is formed following a demand by the people of the state. Baghel also expressed confidence that Congress will do well in the elections.
Welcoming the move, AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said: “I think this combination will be very helpful for the people of Assam. The people of Assam have already started a movement against the BJP government. BJP had given lots of assurances, promises but they did not fulfill it. Without the unity of the secular forces, it is very difficult to challenge the BJP. That Modi wave is not there and so ultimately BJP will fall down.”
There are 126 seats in Assam Assembly. The state will go to polls in April-May this year, along with West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.