GUWAHATI: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Friday said that it will not pitch its adviser Akhil Gogoi as the chief ministerial candidate in the ensuing Assam assembly elections scheduled for 2021.
KMSS president Vasco D Saikia said, “The KMSS has no intention to pitch its adviser Akhil Gogoi as the chief ministerial candidate in the ensuing assembly elections. It is time that we forget our individual interests at this critical juncture. We urge every regional party, ethnic organisations and indigenous tribal bodies to remain united for the greater interest of the people of Assam.”
The KMSS president’s statement came as an ‘answer’ to the earlier remark made by Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) general secretary Palash Sangmai. Sangmai on Thursday questioned the ability of the KMSS for declaring anyone as a chief ministerial candidate. He also alleged that the KMSS has deteriorated the possibility of unification of all the regional forces.
Saikai said “To safeguard the interests of the people of Assam from the aggressive, communal and fascist BJP-led central government, we must stand united. Only a united regional party can defeat the BJP. The new regional political party must be united and unbending.
Earlier, Sanmilito Nagarik Mancha working president Advocate Hemen Bora also appealed all the opposition political parties of the state to project Akhil Gogoi as their unanimous chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 assembly elections. However, leader of opposition in the Assam legislative assembly Debabrata Saikia sharply denied the possibility.
The controversy over the chief ministerial candidate has erupted at a time when the new regional political party, proposed by the KMSS is yet to be formally announced. Notably, another regional party will appear in the state shortly under the joint initiative of the AASU and AJYCP.