GUWAHATI: A day after candidates of the Congress-led grand alliance of Opposition parties, Mahajot, in Assam were shifted to Jaipur on Friday amid fears of horse-trading by BJP, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Opposition was trying to create confusion amongst the public only.
He said that BJP led NDA would not only cross the magic number of 65 in the House of 126 in Assam assembly, the alliance would get more seats than expected even.
“It’s 1000% certain that BJP led alliance will once again form government in Assam. The way people of the state have showered their blessings upon us has proved that NDA’s government in Assam is inevitable,” Sonowal asserted on Saturday.
Reacting to the Opposition’s move of shifting its candidates out of the state in fear of horse-trading, the chief minister said, “Mahajot is frustrated and now trying to create confusion amongst the public. They are already being rejected by the people of the state and all these are just some tactic to be visible.”
On Friday, some 20 candidates of the Congress-led alliance of Opposition parties in Assam were shifted to a luxury hotel near Jaipur amid fears of horse-trading by BJP ahead of the declaration of poll results on May 2.
Those who were flown to Jaipur in a chartered flight included candidates from the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the Left parties. The Congress candidates were likely to join them shortly.
Sources said that the arrangements were done by Congress party leaders. They will be provided with separate mobile phones so that others cannot contact them,” he said.
Soon, the candidates of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), an ally in the Mahajot, were likely to follow the suit. Sources added that BPF candidates might be taken to Bihar.
Already, one of BPF’s candidates from Tamulpur assembly seat joined the BJP six days ahead of the final phase of polling on April 6. The AIUDF and the BPF are two main constituents of the Congress-led Mahajot, or grand alliance, of 10 parties.
It’s believed that internal surveys of most of the parties have predicted a hung House where the two alliances could be close to the simple majority mark of 65 seats.