GUWAHATI: “I am scared of the Congress-All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) ally,” mocked Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday as he claimed that the alliance would not get more than 30 seats in the state assembly polls slated next year.
Currently, the state’s political discourse has been revolving around the possible alliance between Congress and Badruddin Ajmal led AIUDF. While leaders from both the parties have hinted on a possible alliance in the ensuing polls to defeat the ruling BJP, Congress has openly asked all anti-BJP forces for a grand alliance.
Even the state’s influential student groups of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabdi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have earlier announced to form an alternative political platform to uproot BJP from Dispur. Both the groups have formed an expert committee recently to fix its future course.
Sarma said, “I am scared and doing all my bits to prevent them. We have taken an oath that we will keep the Ajmal-Congress alliance limited to 25-30 seats maximum.”
In the house of 126 in Assam, BJP-AGP-BPF alliance has at least 87 seats now while Congress and AIUDF have 23 and 14 respectively. Two seats are vacant now.
Earlier, Sarma said that the decision of Congress to join hands with AIUDF would backfire Congress. “It’s nothing but suicidal for Congress.”