GUWAHATI: The Congress-All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) alliance for the ensuing Assam Assembly polls was yet to be finalized.
Both the parties though have recently fought the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls together but tested dust.
Though Congress, AIUDF and left parties have been advocating the forming a grand alliance ahead of the state polls, Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF has been hoping for an official tie-up with Congress during the proposed visit of Congress’s general secretary and Assam in-charge, Jitendra Singh sometime in mid-January.
AIUDF general secretary (organization) Aminul Islam said, “We have extended our hand for the alliance. Since AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh is coming to the state in the second week of January, AIUDF believes Congress will come up with its final decision soon. The ball is in Congress’s court.”
Earlier, sources in Congress said that the party high command and Rahul Gandhi would take the final call on the proposed alliance. Congress has been facing infights as many state Congress leaders have opposed the proposed alliance with AIUDF.
Congress MP Abdul Khaleque said, “Congress is backing a grand alliance of all the anti-BJP and like-minded parties. It’s not a lone alliance with AIUDF. Party heads will take the decision.”
The proposed alliance between Congres’s and AIUDF started to take shape before the BTC polls, the process got stuck following the death of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi who was playing a major role in forming the grand alliance.