Ticket Politics

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Ticket Politics

Admin | February 22, 2020 14:22 hrs


As the 2021 Assam legislative assembly elections noise has started echoing from all political party offices, lobbying with prominent party leaders for the tickets has already started and for prominent political parties like the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), ticket politics is visible in party offices. The BJP state president Ranjit Kumar Dass expressed to media that it won’t be easy for anyone to get tickets easily. The BJP claims that a survey is conducted in the booth level to find out the performance of the present legislatures and other probable candidates, thereafter the tickets are allotted accordingly. 


Similarly, the Congress too claims that tickets are allotted after reviewing the report card of the candidates given by the booth level party workers. No doubt that the political parties claim that allotting tickets is an objective process for fielding candidates, the fact remains that a lot of strings get pulled in the process.


The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is believed to be playing a major role in recommending candidates for BJP tickets. Therefore, the RSS leaders are also wooed by the ticket aspirants. For Congress, the Rajiv Bhawan, which usually remains deserted becomes very active before the polls in Guwahati with ticket aspirants thronging the office most of the time. 


The AGP leaders have a strategy of proving their mettle for tickets by showing off their supporters. Constituency party workers are invited to the AGP office and treated with good lunch or dinner to gain their support. The candidate bringing more supporters is expected to confirm his/her ticket for the polls. 


These processes have already started and ticket politics is very much visible in the political party offices. With the announcement of new parties, the ticket politics is further expected to widen its ambit. Hope that the party leaders do not take bribes for providing tickets for 2021 Assam assembly elections.

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