Guwahati: After a long tussle between the two parties, Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has decided to support Congress candidate in the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls to be held on March 31.
AIUDF which fought the last state polls with Congress was demanding the latter to allow its candidate in one of the two Rajya Sabha seats and asked it to back AIUDF’s candidate.
However, the change in decision came after AIUDF chief Ajmal met All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief Sonia Gandhi to settle the confusion.
Haidar Hussain Bora, AIUDF general secretary, told TIME8, “The deal has been sealed for this election. AICC has requested AIUDF to support Congress candidates this time and we agreed. AICC has assured to back us in the next polls.”
Earlier, AIUDF asked the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) to field a minority candidate.
However, Assam Congress has not yet fixed its candidature yet and has been waiting for the high command’s instructions.
On Thursday, Congress legislative party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia said that the party has started to collect applications for candidature for the Rajya Sabha. He said that the party may announced it candidate for the polls later in the day.
Meanwhile, BJP Assam president Bhabesh Kalita said that the saffron camp would announce its candidates on March 21.
In Assam, the term of two Rajya Sabha members from Congress- Ranee Nara and Ripun Bora will be expiring in April.
While the last date of filing nominations was fixed on March 21, the counting of votes will be done on the same day of the voting.
Rajya Sabha members are elected by a single transferable vote by state legislatures on the principle of proportional representation.