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'Will make it to Dispur in 2016'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 13: BTC polls, according to sources, are slated for April, probably ahead of Rongali Bihu. What makes the BJP and the Congress tick is the turmoil in the BPF following infighting.

While interl squabbles have made a large number of BPF leaders and workers joining the BJP which seems to be on the sound footing, the Congress is trying hard to get a share out of the political turmoil in its recent coalition partner at Dispur.

The Congress has called a mass rally in the BTAD on March 18 when the party is set to sound its BTC poll bugle. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dautta and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will address the rally.

In order to make the rally a grand success, the APCC has formed a committee comprising Chandan Baruah, Ikramul Huda, Amal rayan Patowary, Apurba Bhattacharya, Atikur Rahman, Sailen Kalita, Shyamal Dey, Imdad Hussain and Sushil Pegu. The committee members have been asked to travel the BTAD districts so as to do the ground works to make the March 18 rally a grand success.

Meanwhile, the Congress had a meeting today at Rajiv Bhavan in Guwahati where a large number of leaders and workers from other parties and organizations joined it.

Speaking at the meeting, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: “The Congress will make it to Dispur in 2016 again. The people of Assam still have faith on the Congress, and which is why leaders and workers from other parties and organizations join us. If Assam is to develop, only the Congress can make it happen. The people of the state still remember the cash crunch in the state when non-Congress parties were at the helm of affairs at Dispur.”

Gogoi said that some parties were out to do politics on religious lines. “The Congress never supports politics on religious lines. We also don’t support foreigners staying illegally in the state. We, however, oppose harassment to Indians in the me of detection and deportation of foreigners. We want equal development of all in the state,” Gogoi said, and added: “The BJP, on the other hand, only betrays the people of Assam. On all pre-poll promises it had made, the party backtracked after coming to power. Funds kept coming to the state when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. rendra Modi stopped fund flow to the state. Everybody knows how innocent Manmohan Singh is. He, however, has to bear the brunt with the BJP coming to power at the Centre. The State Congress will stand beside Singh in his time of crisis.”

APCC president Anjan Dutta, ministers Bhumidhar Barman, Sarat Barkataky, MP Santiuj Kujur and others were present at the meeting.

The prominent among those who joined the BJP today are former BTC MLCA Rajen rzary, former BTC deputy speaker Purth Daimary, former ABSU vice president Ranjan Daimary, Bengali Tigers Forces’ former ‘commander-in-chief’ Subhash Chandra Sarkar, State BJP Linguistic Minority Committee’s former convener Swapan Barman, two AIUDF AP members from Goalpara and many others.

The last BTC polls were held in 2010.

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