Assam Polls: BJP & allies to resolve seat-sharing resentments in New Delhi today
Guwahati: Assam BJP and its allies are expected to meet BJP high command in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in New Delhi over the seat-sharing deal in poll-bound Assam on Wednesday.
The top leaders of BJP, AGP and UPPL had already left for New Delhi today at 1 p.m.
Besides Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam BJP president Ranjeet Dass, Phani Sharma, MP Dilip Saikia, Ajay Jamal is likely to visit the national capital.
Speaking to the media, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “A major meeting will be held between UPPL-AGP regarding the state elections in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in New Delhi. Possibilities of a grand alliance with both UPPL and AGP are on the cards. 99% negotiations with both the parties have been resolved and we are looking for a positive outcome ahead of the elections.”
Notably, the BJP and AGP leaders held a meeting earlier on Tuesday evening to reach a consensus on the seat-sharing issue, however, the NDA alliance partners allegedly failed to reach any deal.
It is also reported that BJP-ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is eyeing an increase in its share of seats. In the 2016 assembly polls, the AGP had contested 24 seats out of the 126 assembly seats and in four seats there was a friendly contest. The AGP is likely to seek at least 30 seats in the 2021 assembly polls.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has announced that Assam Election 2021 will be conducted in three phases – on March 27, April 1 and April 6. The Assam election results will be declared on May 2.
There are 126 Assembly seats in Assam. 47 Assembly segments in 11 districts will witness elections in the first phase.
In the 2016 Assembly election, the saffron party had fielded its candidates in 84 seats and won 60 of them. The AGP contested 24 seats and won 14 Assembly segments. Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) was also part of the NDA alliance and had 12 of the 16 seats it contested.