Parties spurn Ajmal's Third Front offer

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Oct 30: The political permutation and combition in the State is changing every day.

First, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi proposed a "grand-alliance" to fight the BJP which was rejected by the AGP, AIUDF and the other parties. Then, the AIUDF floated the idea of a joint front minus the Congress and BJP.

On Friday, the AGP, Left and Ga Mukti Sangram dismissed Badruddin Ajmal's offer in unison, saying they cannot be a part of an alliance led by the AIUDF supremo.

"There's no question of going with Ajmal. We can stand on our own feet and currently our focus is to strengthen the party. There has been no discussion whatsoever in the party forum on Ajmal's proposal. I cannot comment any further," AGP's Dilip Saikia said.

Veteran CPI leader Drupad Borgohain said the Left parties wanted a "secular front". "At this moment, we cannot go with Ajmal," he said.

CPI(M)'s Hemen Das also echoed Borgohain, outrightly ruling out any tie-up with the AIUDF.  Das said such an initiative to form a third force should have come from the AGP.

"There is no difference between the Congress, the BJP and the AIUDF. We feel the Left, the AGP and the tribal organizations can give a viable altertive to the voters," Das added.

Kamal Medhi of Ga Mukti Sangram said his outfit will not participate in electoral politics. "But even then, we cannot be a part of an Ajmal-led alliance. We have reservations with Ajmal. For us, the Congress, the AIUDF and the BJP are the same,” he said.

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