Guwahati: Another regional party in Assam, this time under the aegis of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), is likely to come up tomorrow, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 151st birth anniversary, reports said. The party, to be helmed by firebrand peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, is likely to contest in the 2021 polls in Assam.
According to reports, the new party that has the support of at least 70 indigenous bodies of the state, and will be headed by peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who is currently incarcerated for his alleged role in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) riots.
Floating the idea of a new KMSS-affiliated political party last month, the peasant body's President Bhasco de Saikia had said that Akhil Gogoi would be nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate of this new party with entirely regional sensibilities.
Saikia now says that the long-awaited party is likely to be launched on October 2, the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 151st birth anniversary. "The KMSS has been preparing for many days to form a new political party. We, along with 70 other indigenous organizations of Assam will form the party. On October 2, the political party will be launched officially," Saikia announced at a recent presser.
Gogoi, on his part, has been exhorting the student bodies All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) to form a common front to topple the reigning BJP from power.
The KMSS' leader, during brief interactions with media, has stressed on the regional bodies joining their hands to tackle the saffron power in 2021, in what he has termed as a "struggle for the Assamese peoples' survival."
AASU and AJYCP have launched a political party -- Asom Jatiya Parishad (AJP) -- that is being seen as an alternative regional option. The biggest regional party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), formed after the 6-year-long agitation to evict "illegal" foreigners, has already joined the NDA alliance and is a part of the alliance government led by the BJP.