Assam Elections 2021: Tarun Gogoi vows to leave politics if BJP wins 100 Seats

Tarun Gogoi also brushed aside the idea of him returning as a CM candidate for the upcoming polls
File image: Tarun Gogoi

File image: Tarun Gogoi

Guwahati: Congress veteran and 3-time Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi today vowed to leave politics if the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is able to bag 100 seats in the forthcoming elections in 2021.

"I will leave politics if BJP gets 100 (seats). I believe we will form the government and we are targeting 80 seats," the Congress veteran said today, exuding confidence ahead of the polls.

Tarun Gogoi laid down another scenario that will push him to hang up his political boots. If the grand alliance comprising Congress with AIUDF and other parties win less than 35 seats in the polls, Gogoi said, he will retire for good.

The former Chief Minister also brushed aside the idea of him returning as a CM candidate for the upcoming polls. He further added that his son Gaurav too shall not be vying for the coveted crown this time around.

Interestingly, Assam finance and health minister Himanta Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has declared in public that the BJP seeks to restrict the grand alliance to only 30 Seats.

The minister also said that he has already started taking steps to ensure that Ajmal-led AIUDF is kept out of the power corridors of Dispur. "On the occasion of the mahapurush Sankardev's death anniversary, we take the resolution to restrict Ajmal and his allies to a mere 25-30-20 Assembly Seats", Sarma said on August 20.

The minister has also lambasted the Congress for extending a hand of friendship to the former rivals All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) party led by Badruddin Ajmal. Sarma has warned that such an alliance does not bode well for the cultural integrity of Assam where communal tensions are already running high post-CAA and NRC.

"Once Congress and AIUDF join hands, I don't know if events like the celebration of Sankandev's death anniversary will be allowed. For a few days, the journalists have become especially curious about Ajmal. Be it Congress or BJP, everyone is being asked about Ajmal by the media persons. This does not bode well for the cultural and social sanctity of the state", Sarma told media.

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