Assam: Gogoi hints at Congress tying up with AIUDF

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Guwahati, February 23: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has revealed that except for BJP, Congress is open to forming an alliance with any party for the assembly election next year.

While responding to reporters’ questions on whether the party would tie up with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) ahead of the assembly polls, Gogoi said that if PDP could team up with BJP in Jammu & Kashmir, Congress could also form an alliance with any non-BJP party.

“Our party’s (Congress’s) door is open for everyone except BJP,” he said.

Sources said that Gogoi raised the issue of an alliance with AIUDF during a party meeting on Friday. The meeting was attended by the party’s Assam in-charge, C P Joshi. Joshi, however, refused to comment on the matter. He said no decision has been taken on the issue yet.

“When the time comes, we will think over it. At the moment, we have not decided anything,” he said.

Political commentators said the fact that Congress is even contemplating an alliance with AIUDF, which it would not touch with a bargepole once, indicates its desperation to stop BJP’s march in the assembly polls.

Over the years, AIUDF has significantly eaten into Congress’s minority vote bank.

Meanwhile, AIUDF chief and Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal said that his party has always maintained equidistance from Congress and BJP.

“Like always, we (AIUDF) want to go it alone. Generating talks about forming an alliance before elections is Congress’s way of creating confusion among the electorate,” Ajmal said.


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