Guwahati: With a pre-poll rainbow alliance with two major regional parties, the Asom Gana Praishad (AGP) and the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and two unrecognised parties in control of the Rabha and Tiwa tribal autonomous councils, the BJP has drawn the battle lines leaving the ruling Congress to fight the election alone.Five years back, the Congress had fought the election in alliance with the BPF and had control of the Tiwa and Rabha councils. The ruling Congress has also maintained its stand since 2006 not to enter into any alliance with perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal's All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
The reason why the Congress is rooted to its idea of going it alone is it has lost its only ally in the state since Independence, the BPF, to the BJP.
Second, the AGP has historically been opposed to the Congress and third, the Congress under the chief minister had won the 2006 election after Tarun Gogoi questioned Ajmal's locus standi when he formed the AIUDF as a fall-out of the repeal of the controversial IM (DT) Act, which was seen as a protective umbrella for illegal migrants.


The Congress became more determined not to have an alliance with the AIUDF after the BJP started projecting itself as the saviour of the state from illegal migrants. But state Congress vice-president Ripun Bora said not aligning with the AIUDF will keep its secular image even more bright and help it immensely to fight against the communal BJP.

"The AGP-BJP alliance will help us. The neutral segment of voters will side with the Congress for our secular ideology. While the BJP plays communal politics, non-Assamese communities in the state were suppressed during the AGP rule in the past. Our distance from the AIUDF will further enhance our secular commitments," Bora said.

Bora pointed out that the AGP-BJP alliance in 2001 in the state failed because the transfer of votes between the two parties did not take place at the grassroots. The same effect will take place this time too and there will be no transfer of votes. "We have our vote base intact and we will only gain this time as a fall-out of the alliance," Gogoi said.

The Congress now hopes to capitalize on the ongoing eruptions of dissatisfaction by AGP and BJP grassroots workers over the alliance.






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