High command will decide on CM candidate, says Debabrata Saikia

Former leader of opposition in Assam assembly Debabrata Saikia said that Congress has a pool of leaders and the high command will decide who will be the chief minister if they come to power.

“Our party has so many people and there is a pool of leaders. It was necessary that we fight united against the BJP and every congressman wanted that BJP should be defeated. So we fought united and as I have seen, our party takes the opinion of the MLAs. Then the high command will decide. Let us wait for the outcome,” Saikia was quoted as saying in an interview by IANS.

Many suggested the names of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora and Debabrata Saikia as the probable candidates for the CM if Congress alliance comes to power.

Debabrata Saikia hinted that Congress will march to form the government as the people are fed with BJP’s divisive agenda.

“In the first phase, the BJP’s divide and rule policy did not work and the Congress is going to do well. The last time we had fared badly in Upper Assam because of the BJP’s divisive agenda,” Saikia reckoned.

“But it has failed since the people of Assam want to live in harmony. They don’t want to live as the BJP wants them to. The people are not used to live on communal lines and polarisation has not worked. This is the reason why the Congress will march ahead to form the government.”

On the five guarantees of Congress, Debabrata Saikia said: “The five guarantees that the Congress has given have resonated with the public. Definitely, price rise has affected each and every person. The GST and then COVID have affected people badly. The promises which were made by the BJP have not got fulfilled and the only agenda with which the BJP wanted to fight elections was communal politics which has proved futile for them.”

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