By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 30: Infighting in the BJP in Assam is set to cost the party dearly in the 2016 Assembly elections in Assam. This, according to an intelligence survey, is the reason behind the Saffron party still lagging behind the Congress in the State in so far as share of votes and number of seats to be won are concerned.
According to the survey report, the Congress is set to win 44 seats with 34.92 per cent share of votes, followed by the BJP 38 seats with 30.16 per cent of votes, AIUDF 20 with 18.25 per cent share of votes, BPF(UPF) 13 seats with 6.35 per cent of votes, AGP six seats with 4.76 per cent of votes and Independent two seats with 1.59 per cent votes. If this survey report comes true, the Congress is set to form a coalition government at Dispur in 2016 with the support of the AIUDF, leaving the BJP bite the dust. According to BJP sources, this survey report is available with the State BJP office. If the party leaders are bent on proving this statistics false, infighting in the party over party tickets for the 2016 Assembly elections in the State is hellbent on making the statistics true.
According to sources in the party, the lists of probable candidates that have been sent to the party by its district core committees (DCCs) have baffled everybody. Though the candidates who have the blessings of RSS are said to be chosen for poll tickets, the influence from party MPs and DCC presidents has been clearly visible in the lists of probable candidates.
Citing the example of Sivasagar district, the sources in the party, said that due to the influence of MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasha senior BJP leader with a long stint in the RSS, Jayanta Rajkonwar, has figured in the list at the lower rung. However, a grapevine has been doing rounds in Sivasagar that the candidate with RSS blessings will get BJP ticket there. What is surprising is that, barring Rajkonwar, each member of the core committee in the district has his own candidate to back.
The situation is no different in Biswath Chariali. There are allegations that MP RP Sarma and former party president Ranjit have manipulated the list and dropped Pankaj Bora's candidature. According to sources in the State, Bora has maximum grip over the electorate in Biswath Chariali. Likewise, at Borkhetri senior BJP worker rayan Talukdar's me has been dropped.
Infighting set to cost BJP dearly!
By our Staff Reporter