by NEWSNER , 2021-03-08 14:09:39
The newly-floated Raijor Dal on Sunday announced the names of two more candidates, following All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) leader Azizur Rahman and former BJP leader Madhab Mushahary joining the party before the assembly polls.
Rahman will contest from Naoboicha and Mushahary from Jonai constituencies, both of which are in Upper Assam and attend polls within the first phase on March 27.
RD working president Bhasco De Saikia said the party has decided to contest from a minimum number of seats to make sure voters aren't divided and therefore the BJP is defeated.
The party had announced the names of 17 candidates on Saturday.
“We aren't fighting the elections for the lust of power but with the only objective of defeating the BJP to save lots of Assam and its identity. If the BJP-RSS is allowed to rule the state, the people of Assam are going to be doomed,” he said.
The 2021 assembly polls may be a fight to make sure that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) isn't implemented and to save lots of the state’s resources from being sold to outsiders, he said.
“Our appeal to people of the state is to unite against those forces who are bent implementing the CAA and make sure that the BJP doesn't return to power,” Saikia said.
He also criticised Congress for fielding a candidate in Sibsagar from where jailed RD president Akhil Gogoi will contest.
“The Congress had earlier announced that it'll not put up a candidate against Gogoi within the interest of preventing the CAA from being implemented within the state, but went ahead with its nomination for Sibsagar,” he said.
The Congress may have gone back on its promise but “we won't take any step which will further divide the votes and benefit the BJP”, Saikia added.
Asked about its alliance partner, the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) fielding candidates in many constituencies where it's contesting, the RD leader admitted the party is facing a couple of issues in some seats, and “we try to resolve these amicably through discussions”.
Both RD and AJP are committed to the alliance and to the firm resolve of defeating the BJP and every one anti-CAA forces, he asserted.
Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly are going to be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.