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Taking AGP and BPF, BJP has eyes set on 14 LS seats

2019 LS POLL

GUWAHATI, June 26: The ruling BJP is now bent on winning all the 14 Lok Sabha seats from Assam by giving a joint fight by taking its alliance partners—AGP and BPF.

Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass told reporters here on Tuesday that the NDA wants to win all the Lok Sabha seats from Assam in the next general elections due in 2019 by keeping its alliance partners intact. He said BJP’s national president Amit Shah recently asked the State unit to start preparing for the 2019 poll battle by drawing winning strategies with the AGP and the BPF.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won seven seats, while its allies AGP and BPF had drawn blank.

“We’ve begun our organizational work and decided to appoint 3.21 lakh workers to woo voters at the grassroots levels. Our alliance partners have also started organizational works. Seats sharing with the alliance partners will be decided by the central leadership of the BJP, AGP and BPF,” Dass said.

In March Amit Shah, while addressing a rally of BJP booth unit chiefs in Guwahati, set a target of 21 seats out of 25 parliamentary constituencies from the Northeast in Lok Sabha polls in 2019. He asked the party members to work very hard towards achieving this target. Shah said the BJP will leave no stone unturned to make the Northeast a Congress mukt region.

The BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which has six chief ministers, MPs, MLAs and representatives of regional parties, NDPP, NPP, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), Ganashakti Party and others, also aims to win 21 out of 25 seats in the next Lok Sabha polls.

The seven States of the Northeast have 24 seats, and NDA had won 11 in the last elections in 2014.