Fringe parties surface with polls nigh

BY Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, March 19: Amidst the heat and dust of electioneering by major political parties for the upcoming elections -  several fringe parties, some of them newly floated, have only made the pre-poll scerio murkier.

From Jai Maha Bharat to tiol Roadmap Party, to NRC Party and Assam Sangram Parishad, small parties - some of them with queer sounding mes - have mushroomed in the State in the run-up to the April polls.

The Jadhikar Party of controversial Bihar lawmaker Pappu Yadav is putting up candidates in over 30 seats. "People are joining the party due to Pappu Yadav's popularity.  Many deprived ticket aspirants from other parties are also in touch with us," says Jadhikar Party's Assam unit chief Anuj Kumar Baruah.

The tiol Road Map party has promised gas chullas and pension to the unemployed if voted to power.

Former NCP leader Azad Ali, who has floated the Bharatiya Rashtrabadi Party, said his party may not win the elections, but will be a "factor" as its candidates are "well-established in society". It has promised pension to daily-wage earners like cart-pullers and rickshaw-pullers.

The Pradyut Bora-led Liberal Democratic Party has fielded one Bhumidhar Barman - mesake of sitting Congress legislator Dr Bhumidhar Barman - in the Barkhetri constituency.

The RJD and JD(U), which have tied up with the AIUDF, are fielding candidates in five seats each.

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