by NEWSNER , 2021-03-03 15:39:18
Setting the tone for next year’s Assembly polls, the Opposition parties in Assam have decided to carry joint protests against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. The Opposition parties, including the Congress, All India United Democratic Front and therefore the Left parties, are inching towards forming a 'grand alliance' to present a Northern Alliance against the ruling party.
As per reports, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ripun Bora had announced the choice of the Left parties, including the Communist Party of India and CPI (Marxist-Leninist), to hitch hands with the Congress following a gathering on October 15.
“More than pre-poll mahajot, we discussed and decided that each one anti-BJP party should close to finish the BJP’s misrule. we've decided to carry joint street protests, joint meetings, joint press meets with the Left against the BJP’s misrule and anti-people policies across the state. we'll prepare a standard protest schedule soon. The Left also agrees to the necessity for a mahajot. we'll still hold such meetings to bring other anti-BJP parties together.
“The first of the joint news meets happened on October 20 and therefore the first joint protest will happen after Durga Puja,”.
A new regional entity Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) floated by Rajya Sabha member Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, who was supported by the Congress and therefore the AIUDF, has also consented to be within the Opposition grouping.
On the opposite side, the newly formed Raijor Dal and therefore the Assam Jatiya Parishad have thus far expressed their decision to remain faraway from the opposition alliance, albeit Congress has said that they're hospitably forming a united alliance against the “misrule” of the BJP government. The Raijor Dal, backed by the peasant leader Akhil Gogoi’s Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, has been joined 70 other ethnic organisations which had participated in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests within the state. The AJP has been launched jointly by the All Assam Students’ Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad, two of the most important and most influential students and youth organisations within the state.
Meanwhile, the ruling BJP has launched a polarising campaign in response to the formation of opposition alliances. After Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had called upon the indigenous communities and genuine Indians to face united against “Mughal aggression”, the state’s minister of finance Himanta Biswa Sarma went after people that believed within the “culture and civilisation” of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, who may be a Lok Sabha member and chief of AIUDF.
Talking about the necessity for a united alliance, the APCC chief further told reporters that Opposition forces need to unite and expose the BJP’s game plan of polarising voters and therefore the alleged scams happening under the ruling dispensation while about the senior BJP leaders’ bid to fan passion by projecting the 2021 polls as a “clash” of civilisations and cultures, the “imposition” of Arabic, the “continued” invasion of Mughals and “closure” of government-run madrasas from November.
“The BJP is trying to polarise voters along the Hindu-Muslim line and to distort or rewrite history. we'll need to unite to counter this narrative. Muslims too have contributed towards building India and Assam. we'll still oppose the unconstitutional CAA,” Bora had added.
The election to the 126-member Assam Assembly is probably going to be held in March-April next year. The 2016 elections gave a fractured mandate and no party possesses a majority.
In the current House, the BJP is that the single largest party with 60 MLAs, while its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) have 14 and 12 lawmakers, respectively. The ruling coalition also has the support of an Independent MLA.
Congress has 23 MLAs, while the AIUDF has 14 members.