In Assam, the opposition Congress (Congress) announced on Thursday that it was joining hands with two leftist parties – the CPI and the CPI (ML) – for next year’s assembly elections. The decision was taken to challenge the ruling BJP (BJP) from the grand alliance. After meeting with representatives of both the Left parties, Congress state president Ripun Bora told reporters that all the Left parties have agreed to contest the elections together.
The Congress also held a meeting with CPI (M) leaders on October 8. After which both the parties announced to fight next year’s assembly elections together to defeat the BJP government. Ripun Bora said, ‘BJP is the biggest threat to Assam and the people of Assam today. The need of the hour is now to unite all the anti-BJP forces and remove this communal and corrupt government from power.
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Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, Congress leader Rakibul Hussain, CPI (M) state secretary Munin Mahanta and CPI (ML) state secretary Rubul Sarma were present at the meeting. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has also agreed to join the grand alliance. The new regional party ‘Zonal Front’ is also part of the grand alliance.
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Let us know that elections for the 126-member Assam Assembly may be held in March-April next year. No party got a clear majority in the 2011 elections. At present, the BJP has 600 MLAs. The BJP formed the government with the support of 14 MLAs from the Assam People’s Assembly (AGP) and 12 MLAs from the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). Independent MLAs have also supported the BJP. At the same time, Congress has 23 MLAs and AIUDF has 14 MLAs.
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