Lok Sabha MP and All Indian United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal has hinted that his party may vote for the BJP-nominated candidate in the ensuring presidential election.
Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF is the second prominent opposition party in Assam, which has 15 MLAs and one Lok Sabha MP.
Multiple media reports on July 5 said that AIUDF may vote for NDA’s presidential nominee Draupadi Murmu in the polls. The AIUDF chief is reportedly miffed with the Congress in Assam for “targeting” the party MLAs in the state.
Congress had fought last year’s assembly election in Assam by forging an alliance with the AIUDF. But soon after the poll debacle, Congress snapped ties with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF.
Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha to visit Guwahati
On July 4, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Bhupen Borah said that joint opposition candidate for the presidential polls, Yashwant Sinha, is likely to visit Assam from July 9-11.
“The Congress has already decided to vote for Yashwant Sinha and our party workers will accompany him during his visit to the state,” Borah said.
The Assam Congress has also decided to invite Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi and CPI-M leader Manoranjan Talukdar to join the campaign for Sinha. However, it is learnt that APCC has not invited any other political party of the state in this campaign spree.
Borah has denied having any contact with the AIUDF in this matter.
“Yashwant Sinha can meet anyone and any party leadership can meet him. We have no contact with any other party and whom to meet will be completely his own (Sinha’s) choice,” Borah added.
The Congress has three MPs and 24 MLAs, who have all decided to vote for Sinha.