By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 11: There has been no let-up in infighting in the BJP Assam Pradesh on the issue of candidature. As though the party has problematic issues lined up in front of it before going to the electors seeking their votes.
The decision of the party to field Suman Haripriya from Hajo LAC has simply made the blood of the BJP workers in the LAC boil. “MP Bijoya Chakraborty’s one of the most popular arguments against the Congress was ‘a mother-son government at the Centre and a father-son regime at Dispur’. How come she script ‘a mother-daughter rule’ by fielding her daughter from Hajo LAC now? Under no circumstances we can accept the candidature of Suman Haripriya from Hajo. We want a local candidate from among the 16 ticket aspirants who know the problems of Hajo well,” a section of party leaders from Hajo, who gheraoed the BJP election office at Ulubari in the city today, said, and added: “As many as 200 booth committees and 20 panchayats in the LAC have been opposing the candidature of Suman. We’ve set a 24-hour deadline for the party to change the candidature for Hajo LAC, failing which, we’ll resort to field an independent candidate against the official BJP candidate.”
Not only at Hajo, there are similar uprisings in the party in other places in the State as well, both the Brahmaputra and the Barak valleys. In fact, such differences of opinions have been taking place in the party for the past four months on issues like short-listing probable candidates, alliance and seat-sharing with the BPF and the AGP, and now candidature. Time to reply, not making queries:
“It’s time to reply, not asking questions,” the State BJP told Assam Chief Tarun Gogoi while reacting to the latter’s outbursts against the former.
In a statement issued to the press today, State BJP spokesperson Rupam Goswami said that lacking his courage to spell out what the Congress Government in Assam done in the past 15 years, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi kept on criticizing Prime Minister rendra Modi and his 20-month old government. “The Chief Minister should understand that the people of Assam only want an explation on the State Government’s performance and that the Central Government would definitely explain its performance before the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”