GUWAHATI: The fear of ‘horse-trading’ continued to haunt the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ ahead of the election result day slated on May 2. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora said that the party was scared of a possible horse-trading attempt by BJP and contemplating taking preventive measures.
On Saturday, the Congress party leaders, led by Jitendra Singh, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge of Assam and Bora held a review meeting with all its poll candidates at a hotel at Azara on the outskirts of the city.
Bora said, “BJP has a history of horse-trading all over the country and since our assessment has confirmed that BJP is not going to get a majority in the results of the election, they 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.” However, Bora did not disclose where.
He reiterated that Mahajot would secure around 100 seats in the state assembly elections and take over Dispur.
Sources added that all the poll candidates of the Mahajot may be moved to somewhere near Kaziranga national park and Tezpur and bookings of hotel rooms have been done already. 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 on Friday. However, another ally-the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidates were continuing to be ‘vacaying’ in Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, Jitendra Singh expressed his displeasure over the Election Commission of India (ECI) for holding repolls only in four polling booths of the state where several anomalies were recorded during the poll.
The Commission earlier ordered repolling in four polling booths in Ratabari, Sonai and Haflong constituencies on April 20. All three constituencies went to polls in the second phase of the Assam assembly elections on April 1.
While the ECI ordered a repoll at Ratabari (SC) constituency’s polling station number 149 at Indira M V School, after an electronic voting machine (EVM) was found in a car belonging to the wife of a BJP candidate, repoll was ordered in an auxiliary polling station at 107(A)-Khothlir LP School under Haflong assembly constituency where 171 votes were cast against 90 eligible voters.
Repolling was also ordered in Sonai constituency’s 463- Madhya Dhanehori LP School polling booth where at least three persons were injured in an incident of firing, following which the state’s deputy speaker and BJP candidate Aminul Haque Laskar was questioned by the police and five police personnel attached to him were suspended.
“Why repoll in only the booths? There should have been repoll in the entire constituency. We don’t trust ECI anymore,” Singh asserted.
The three phased Assam assembly polls ended on April 6.