Assam: All is Not Well in Cong-AIUDF Mahagatbandhan
All is not well between Congress and AIUDF as the latter has threatened to break the alliance if the national party fails to clear its stance on CAA; AIUDF is also unhappy with Congress for filing nominations in almost all the 126 constituencies.
The Congress in Assam might have gathered some confidence for the upcoming 2021 assembly elections after forming an alliance with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and other parties but the Badruddin Ajmal led AIUDF is clearly upset with the Congress as the party has accepted candidature applications in as many as 124 of the 126 constituencies even as the leaders of the Congress party keep changing their stance on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam has threatened to break its alliance with the Congress if the national party does not clarify its stand on Citizenship Amendment Act.
“All should oppose CAA and the Congress will have to call for consensus first. If any of their leaders in the Barak Valley support the CAA, the Congress should expel that leader from the party,” said Islam.
On 14th February last, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attended a public meeting at the Sivasagar Boarding Ground flaunting the anti-CAA gamocha while towering Congress leader from Barak Valley, Sushmita Dev, refrained from donning or even accepting the same.
Sushmita Dev, former Lok Sabha MP from Silchar and daughter of heavyweight Congress leader, Late Santosh Mohan Dev, has always backed the bill and has never opposed it. The Congress leadership has opposed the bill in the Brahmaputra Valley, whereas the bill is backed by the same party in Barak Valley rendering its stance on the bill rather confusing.
Meanwhile, to cover up the situation, the AIUDF leadership has issued a show cause notice to Aminul Islam.
A source in AIUDF, talking to G Plus, said that the party is also unhappy with the Congress Party as it has accepted candidature applications form party members in almost all the 126 constituencies.
The source said that seat sharing will be a crucial strategy in the Mahagatbandhan as there are many seats where Congress and AIUDF will want to contest. If the seat sharing issue is not resolved amicably, there might be issues in the alliance.
Meanwhile, slamming the BJP for its criticism of his party’s alliance with the AIUDF for the upcoming state polls, Congress President Ripun Bora recently said that there was nothing wrong in aligning with the Badruddin Ajmal-led outfit as it was not communal.
Bora also said that winds of change are blowing in Assam and expressed confidence that the Congress, along with its allies — the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the CPI, the CPI(M), the CPI(ML) and the Anchalik Gana Morcha — will win over 101 out of the 126 Assembly seats in the polls likely in March-April.
It seems that the Congress is confident about its alliance with the AIUDF, and yet, in the meanwhile, the AIUDF is gradually expressing its dominance in the alliance.
The AIUDF is perceived as a party that bats for Bengali-speaking Muslim migrants. Congress leaders are wary of “sending the wrong signal” to voters belonging to the indigenous communities who feel that an alliance with AIUDF could be counter-productive and help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to retain power.
Moreover, after the demise of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, there are now many lobbies in the Congress if sources are to be believed. Even during the announcement of the grand alliance between Congress, AIUDF and four other parties [CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML) and Anchalik Gana Morcha], the question on who would be the chief ministerial face of the alliance was snubbed by Congress leaders. This has further created a chaotic alliance as till now no one knows which party in the alliance will win the maximum seats. If AIUDF wins the maximum seats and the alliance is in the majority then AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal might be the chief ministerial face. This calculation is not going well with the indigenous voters loyal to the Congress and this might hamper the Congress party in the elections.
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