Congress In Assam To Fight By-poll Alone
Bhupen Borah claimed that the party’s organization had become weak after they formed an alliance for which the workers were demotivated in those constituencies where Congress didn’t contest.
GUWAHATI: Assam Congress president Bhupen Kumar Borah on Monday has stated that his party will fight the assembly by-polls alone and would not form any alliance.
Borah said that the party will field its own candidates as it wants to regain the lost ground in the constituencies.
He claimed that the party's organization had become weak after they formed an alliance for which the workers were demotivated in those constituencies where Congress didn't contest.
"We need to strengthen those seats," Borah said.
He stated that to strengthen the party, Congress will fight alone.
"It will send a strong message to our workers that we are serious about rebuilding the party. We had some discussions with regional opposition parties like the Raijor Dal (RD) and the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP). But the Raijor Dal has already announced the candidate for one seat," Borah said.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to hold six bye-elections in six states including in Assam. These by-polls would be held in Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant due to various reasons. According to press not of ECI, poll would be held in two seats in Tamil Nadu and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Madhya Pradesh. The polls to all these seven seats will take place on October 4, the EC said.
In Assam, the Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after speaker Biswajit Daimary resigned from the membership of the upper house of Parliament. Sources said that the BJP is likely to field Union minister and former CM Sarbananda Sonowal from the Assam seat as he is yet to become a MP. The press release by the Election Commission revealed that the issue of notification will be on September 15, 2021, while the last date till candidates can file their nominations is September 22.