Assam Polls: Mahajot Candidates Moved to Resort; Fear of ‘Poaching’ Continues
GUWAHATI: With some 10 days left for the Assam assembly election results to be declared on May 2, the Mahajot (grand alliance) candidates started to move to a resort on the outskirts of the city on Thursday.
Sources said that Assam Congress has moved some 40 candidates of the party to the resort located at Sonapur near Guwahati.
Last week, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora said that BJP has a history of horse-trading all over the country and since Congress’s assessment has confirmed that BJP is not going to get a majority in the results of the election, the saffron camp may take the illegal way of horse-trading.
“We have decided that all the poll candidates from Mahajot would stay together somewhere in Assam after April 22 for few days and plan its future strategies,” Bora had said.
Sources said that Bora has arrived at the resort late on Wednesday evening and has been personally taking care of the entire movement of the Mahajot candidates.
Senior Congress leader Debabrata Saikia who arrived at the resort on Thursday said, “All the candidates need to discuss our future strategy to avoid any kind of poaching by the BJP camp.”
While asked for how long they would be staying in the resort, Saikia said he was ignorant.
Sources said there might be around 130 people staying there from April 22 onwards till the result day.
Mahajot’s key ally-the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)’s candidates who were moved to Jaipur last week have also returned to the state last Friday. However, another ally-the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidates were continuing to be ‘vacaying’ in Chhattisgarh.