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Congress open for alliance in Assam by-elections: Tarun Gogoi

Senior Congress leader and former three-time chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi said that if needed they will go with AIUDF in the forthcoming elections. The state will have the by-elections in four assembly constituencies in the coming days.

“If needed, we will do the alliance with every possible parties. Nothing wrong in it! See, the BJP is so powerful but they have allied with AGP (Asom Gana Parishad), BPF (Bodoland People’s Party) and Tiwa Jatiya Aikya Manch. If we think that something is beneficial, we will definitely take it up,” Gogoi said.

BJP has already announced its preparation for the by-elections for the four assembly seats – Sonari, Ratabari, Rangapara and Jania – which were laying vacant after the respective MLAs have been elected as MP in the last Lok Sabha polls.

However, the by-election dates are yet to be announced. Topon Kumar Gogoi of Sonari, Pallab Lochan Das of Rangapara and Kripanath Mallah of Ratabari, all from BJP had won from Jorhat, Tezpur and Karimganj in the Lok Sabha polls respectively. While Abdul Khaleque of Congress, who was the Jania MLA, won from Barpeta constituency in the Lok Sabha polls.

On the possibilities of having alliance with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Gogoi didn’t rule out the chances.

“If needed we will do. It’s not that we haven’t spoken to (Badruddin) Ajmal, the party chief, but some issues like seat-sharing came up. Even with AGP, if needed, we will speak to them again…Alliance is not an easy thing to happen,” Gogoi said.

On the other hand, BJP state President Ranjeet Kumar Dass, has already dismissed the chances of seat-sharing with their allies this time. Out of four seats, three were with the BJP and Barpeta was with the Congress.

“Both the AGP and BPF will support the BJP candidates in all the constituencies,” Dass had said in Guwahati.

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