BJP leaves Assam Burning just to woo West Bengal voters: Congress
GUWAHATI: According to the Congress Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to woo Hindu Bengali voters in West Bengal and the saffron party has left Assam burning just for this purpose.
Leader of Opposition, Debabrata Saikia talking to G Plus said, “They are looking at the Hindu votes. West Bengal got 42 seats and they (BJP) have performed badly in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Political pundits have already estimated that they will lose a number of seats there. To compensate that, they are looking for Bengali Hindu votes by fighting Trinamool Congress and others in West Bengal.”
He said that they have left Assam burning just to win the Hindu Bengali votes or non-BJP votes in West Bengal.
Claiming to be secular, the leader of the opposition said that Congress will follow the Assam Accord which gives equal rights to all the religions.
Saikia estimated that the BJP could lose up to 32 of the 62 seats it had won in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh if the trends witnessed in the assembly elections are replicated in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
A national media team estimated the results from every assembly seat in the Hindi heartland states over Lok Sabha seats to get a sense of what the fight could look like in the 2019 general elections.
According to that estimate the Congress’ tally in the next Lok Sabha polls could jump from 3 to 33 seats in the 2019 general elections in these three states and the BJP’s tally could drop by more than half, from 62 to 30 seats.
Also in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana, the Congress and other anti-BJP lobbies are planning a mahagatbandhan which is likely to affect BJP’s vote bank.
The BJP is relying on the Lok Sabha seats in the northeastern states and a major share from West Bengal.
A source in the BJP said that though Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has snapped ties with BJP in Assam, it has not yet broken the alliance with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Also, the other Lok Sabha seats in the other northeastern states will be majorly ruled by the regional parties and having the master election strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma in the party, the alliance with the regional parties could be brought to an understanding even after the bill is amended, said the BJP source.
So the BJP is least concerned about the Assamese sentiments which is against the bill, but the main motive now is to win 2019 Lok Sabha polls at any cost.