Guwahati: For Congress, the failure of anti-BJP forces to remain united caused the debacle and paved the way for the BJP led alliance to retain power in the state.
A day after the party that led the grand alliance of some 10 parties failed to overthrow the BJP regime in the state, the party directly blamed the newly floated regional fronts of Akhil Gogoi led Raijor Dal and Lurinjyoti Gogoi led Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP) for ruining its chances.
AICC General Secretary in Charge Assam Jitendra Singh on Monday said, “AJP and Raijor Dal need to do some soul searching on how they ended up helping the very forces that they were seeking to oppose.”
Prior to the state polls, Congress though extended offers to both Rajior Dal and AJP to join hands, the latter rejected the offer. Both the parties had said that they would fight of reviving regionalism in the state without the support of any national party.
Surprisingly, though all the non-BJP parties made the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a poll plank to dethrone BJP from Dispur, it did not work. As per BJP, its welfare agenda has overrun the opposition’s planning.
Earlier, senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that the creation of the two regional fronts would divide the anti-CAA votes.
Excepting the mandate, Singh added that despite the grand alliance has lost the elections in reality has gained its foot in the state. He said, “In terms of vote-share, the gap between the two alliances is not very big. We have to now analyse the election results with a view to do better in future elections. In terms of seats, the tally of the Congress went up by 3 seats (from 26 in 2016 to 29 now). We lost 7 seats by a margin of fewer than 5,000 votes. AIUDF, BPF and the Left parties remain our valued allies and we would continue to fight for the welfare of the people.”
“We are given the role of a Responsible and strong Opposition with about 50 seats in the house of 126. We shall strive to do our duty in the best interest of the people of Assam. We will continue to voice the challenges being faced by the people of Assam and will always fight for their rights,” Singh asserted.
He added that the Opposition parties would extend all their support to the government in fighting the Covid19 pandemic. It also suggested the state government to create a data bank of Assamese people living in other states who have been infected by the virus.
The Congress party also appealed to the winning BJP to fulfil its electoral promises in order to create more jobs and employment opportunities.