Assam Polls: Mahajot Candidates Taken out of State in fear of ‘Horse Trading’?
GUWAHATI: Some 16 candidates who contested the recently concluded state polls from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), an ally in the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ (grand alliance), were believed to have left the state in a special charter flight on Friday morning. Three party leaders also reportedly accompanied them.
AIUDF had fielded 18 candidates in the state polls. Two of the candidates were reportedly unwell.
Though the ‘move’ was labeled as just a refreshment tour of the candidates after the hectic poll season, party insiders claimed that it might be a part of the strategy to keep the candidates away from any possible ‘horse trading’.
“As the poll-related surveys indicated that BJP led NDA might not get an absolute majority, the Mahajot is in fear of possible horse-trading by BJP,” said party sources.
Sources claimed that the leaders have gone to Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan.
The AIUDF candidates will be kept in a hotel outside the state till the poll results, to be announced on May 2, 2021, sources added. They would possibly be provided with separate phone numbers too.
On the other hand, Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) which too was a part of the Mahajot, has also summoned all its 11 candidates to Kokrajhar.
BPF sources added that they would be likely to be taken to Bihar too.
Congress which led the Mahajot claimed that it would form the next Assam government with an absolute majority. However, BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier claimed that BJP led NDA would bag around 90 seats out of the state’s total 126 seats.
Both the ruling and opposition alliances though earlier claimed to be winning over 100 seats, the numbers have gone down after the polls.
Assam went to the polls on March 27, April 1 and April 6. The state has recorded an overall 82.04% of votes in the three-phased polls.