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    ‘Regional Front’ – will the Farmers Cultivate the Cause to defeat BJP in 2021?

    The idea of a ‘regional front’ will be more accommodating to the cause and issues of all the regional political parties of the state

    GUWAHATI: Sidelining Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)’s recent appeal for the unification of all the regional political parties under one flag, symbol and agenda, several pro-regionalism groups in the state vowed for a united ‘Regional Front’ to defeat the BJP in the ensuing Assam assembly polls scheduled for 2021.

    The idea was tossed by Asom Songrami Mancha (ASM), a regional political front, at a time when the Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) advocating a ‘grand alliance’ of all anti-BJP parties.

    Both the ASM and All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) termed the idea quite scientific, feasible and a more democratic approach to serving the interest of the people of Assam.

    However, the question remains, will the peasant organisation – the KMSS extend support to the move?   

    AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The KMSS’s earlier appeal was similar to an imposition. On the other hand, the idea of a ‘regional front’ will be more accommodating to the cause and issues of all the regional political parties of the state. Nobody should be forced to abandon their respective agenda.”

    Following the floating of the new regional political party – Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) on the behest of AASU and Assam Jatiayatabdi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), the KMSS served a deadline to the AJP for unification that expired on September 20.

    Gogoi is likely to be a prominent face of AJP after he ends his term as the AASU leader during the student group’s general conference scheduled for October next. 

    He also said, “The door of the proposed regional front should be remained open for all the regional political parties of the state. However, it should refrain from imposing the idea. It will create more divisions and misunderstandings.”

    Gogoi sharply declined the ‘Mohajut’ (grand alliance), proposed by the Congress and the AIUDF. “The ruling BJP as well as the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF is equally perilous and communal. Both the Congress and AIUDF cannot be trusted at all by the people of Assam,” he added. 

    Meanwhile, in yet another development, Swaraj Assam chief convenor Bhaben Handique also left the conglomeration of 70 indigenous organisations led by the KMSS alleging that the deadline served to the AJP was ‘forceful’ and against the interest of the people of Assam.

    Recently, the KMSS announced that in collaboration with the 70 indigenous organizations it would announce a new regional political party within September.


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