Congress leader Ripun Bora

The Congress party in Assam on April 1 alleged that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had an internal understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the saffron party and its ally United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) won the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam.

The Congress party attacked the AIUDF for “betraying” them in Rajya Sabha polls, claiming that AIUDF MLAs visited chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s residence after the polls.

“Five AIUDF MLAs came to chief minister’s residence at around 8 am today. They have tarnished the image of Assam. It is a betrayal in Rajya Sabha elections,” reads the official letter of Congress.

Congress tweeted the letter with the caption: “Truth shall prevail. BJP won the Rajya Sabha seats piggybacking on AIUDF’s back. 5 MLAs of AIUDF seen meeting CM at his residence early in the morning.”

BJP and its ally UPPL bagged both the Rajya Sabha seats from Assam that went to polls late on March 31.

According to calculations, Congress candidate Ripun Bora was set to win one of the seats with the unified collective support of all the opposition parties in Assam. Earlier, AIUDF had announced their support for Ripun Bora. However, he lost the polls after cross-voting took place between the MLAs of Congress and AIUDF.

BJP candidate Pabitra Margherita secured 46 votes while its ally party UPPL’s candidate Rwngwra Narzary secured 44 votes in the Rajya Sabha polls. Congress candidate Ripun Bora secured 35 votes whereas one vote was cancelled.

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