GUWAHATI: With the declaration of a pre-poll alliance between Congress and Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) before the state polls of 2021 seemed like just a formality away, the Opposition party of Congress has encountered a major hindrance inside its own party leaders.
Several of its party leaders mostly from the Upper Assam belt reportedly opposing the party move and expressed their resentment to the Assam Pradesh India Congress Committee (APCC) heads. They believed that joining hands with AIUDF would impact its votes in the Upper Assam areas where the tea garden community and indigenous tribes share the maximum votes.
Rana Goswami, former MLA of Jorhat, said, “I have spoken with former chief minister Tarun Gogoi and said that only joining hands with AIUDF may not be suitable. However, if there is a grand alliance then the situation may change.”
On Saturday, several Congress leaders assembled at the former chief minister’s residence and discussed the matter.
Gogoi, who has been also advocating on joining hands of all anti-BJP and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) forces before the polls, said, “If all the forces including left parties unite then we can easily defeat BJP. Last year also we lost several seats because of vote divisions.”
Recently, Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi during a TV show also vehemently opposed the alliance with AIUDF. Kurmi said, “I have been opposing the alliance with AIUDF and I will continue to do so.”
The legislator from Mariani constituency claimed that the alliance would affect Congress party in upper Assam.
In March, Congress and the AIUDF unanimously named senior journalist Ajit Bhuyan as their Rajya Sabha candidate from Assam. The development had brought both parties very close despite opposition from party insiders. The anti-CAA movement served as glue then.
Earlier, senior BJP cabinet minister and state’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Congress and AIUDF alliance would not get more than 30 seats in the 2021 polls.