By our staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, February 16: For the BJP in Assam, the major problem it has to contend with on its way to Dispur in 2016 is the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), neither the Congress nor the AGP.
Even after two successive wins in elections in the state –the last Lok Sabha polls and the recently-held civic body elections – the party has got down to business with the KMSS making an announcement recently that it may play a role in the proposed third front in the state, directly or indirectly.
All spokespersons, general secretaries and vice-presidents of the BJP met at its head office in the city today and discussed a number of issues, including the KMSS threat to the party’s mission Dispur. The meeting made it a point that the biggest threat to the party in 2016 is the KMSS, not the Congress nor the AGP.
After the meeting, the spokespersons of the party said: “KMSS president Akhil Gogoi has been going full steam ahead against the BJP for the past few months. Of late, he has chosen state BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya to hit out at. He is backed by the Congress from behind. In fact, Akhil Gogoi has got the contract to make APCC president Anjan Dutta Chief Minister of the state in 2016. The KMSS president is a contractual agitator engaged on the job by the Congress.”
This is the first time that any BJP leaders hit back at Akhil Gogoi who continues to hit out at the BJP and its state president very often.
KMSS president Akhil Gogoi had hinted recently that a third front might be floated in the state to prevent the Congress and the BJP. He had further said that if the Third Front became a reality, the KMSS would have a role to play. “However, if we have a direct or an indirect role in the proposed front will be discussed in the KMSS conference slated from March 18 to 20 this year at Sivasagar. The Front has to go taking all ethnic groups, regiol forces, indigenous Muslims and others along. The gigantic role of the BJP has to be stopped in the state,” the KMSS president had said.
The office-bearers’ meeting of the BJP also decided to form a 15-member committee to accompany the officials to be engaged in the NRC update work. In the last meeting on NRC update with the government, the BJP had requested Dispur to allow committees of various parties of the state to accompany to officials on NRC update duty so as to see if everything was done fair and square.
The BJP leaders said that they would train 15 members of the party with experts on matters like preventing mes of Bangladeshis from being entered into the new NRC, if documents supporting citizenship status of people are valid or not, how to delete mes of foreigners that have already been entered in voter lists, etc.
Meanwhile, the meeting took the matter of Northeast candidates being deprived by NF Railway in the conduct of recruitment. The meeting sent a letter to each of the seven party MPs of the state, party’s state president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya who is now camping in New Delhi and the central committee president of the party, Amit Shah to take up the matter with the Railway Minister immediately.
Meanwhile, the BJP leaders said that the party would hold a two-day public rally in Guwahati on February 21 and 22 on the results of the civic body elections in the state. The venue of the rally is yet to be decided. They said that they were trying to call tiol party president to the rally.