Assam: CM, home minister will be from Cong, asserts Pradyut Bordoloi



Lok Sabha MP from Nagaon and Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi has exuded confidence in the Grand Alliance (Mahajot) forming the next government and that the chief ministerial candidate would be from the grand old party once it gets “majority of votes”.

Campaigning for party candidate, Subhramitra Gogoi in Sivasagar on Sunday, Bordoloi, who is also the Congress campaign committee chairman, said, “There is no doubt that the Chief Minister and Home Minister in the next government would be from the Congress… when it the party gets majority of the votes in the Grand Alliance.”

The Congress-led “Grand Alliance” comprises the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), three Left parties (CPI, CPI (M) and CPI (M-L), Anchalik Gana Morcha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

“Our alliance comprises progressive political parties, and we are confident of winning the elections. We have already announced five guarantees… and we are committed to the guarantees… unlike the BJP, which only made promises since 2014 and 2016 (when the BJP government was formed in Assam) but failed to live up to them,” Bordoloi said.

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“Upon coming to power, the Congress guarantees that the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was passed in Parliament, will never be implemented in Assam,” he said.

It may be mentioned that Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi would contest the Sibsagar seat as an Independent, as the party has not been registered with the Election Commission of India as a political party.

Akhil had earlier decided not to contest from his home constituency of Mariani.

Meanwhile, sitting Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi on Sunday took a dig at the BJP star campaigners, saying that “the saffron party can bring as many star campaigners it wants, but they would be of no use… Here (in Mariani) people are concerned about basic issues like the prices of mustard oil and others essential items, which have skyrocketed.”

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)