It has been a long wait, but definitely not an easy one for the political leaders of Assam. This election season, politicos of the northeastern state have learnt the art of waiting patiently for the results. The voters decided the faith of the party leaders in the two-phase Assam Assembly Elections 2016 in the state that got over on April 11. Now, the result date is nearing, slated to be declared on May 11. Thus political activities have once again gained momentum in the state.
If reports in the local media are to be believed, the BJP is likely to lose its key allies the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), post the results, if the Congress gets maximum numbers of seats. Before the elections, the BJP had made an alliance with the AGP and BPF to give a tough fight to the incumbent chief minister Tarun Gogoi of Congress. Congress woos AGP? Many poll-assessments predicted that Gogoi would be ousted by the BJP-AGP-BPF alliance. It was a coup of sort when the BJP managed to forge an alliance with the AGP and BPF. However, now it looks the partnership is in danger of ending. According to reports the Congress is keen to work out a post-poll arrangement with the AGP. As per a report published in The Times of India, a Congress strategist said if the party ended up as the single-largest party, it’d look towards AGP. “The AGP wouldn’t want to stay allied to the BJP if the latter gets lesser seats than the Congress. Anything more than 55 seats, the governor will be bound to invite the Congress to prove its majority. Getting eight to nine MLAs shouldn’t be difficult,” the Congress strategy-maker said. However, former CM and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta rubbished such theories. He said: “The Congress’s idea is just a political strategy. The BJP-led alliance will form the government.” BJP loses BPF? On the other hand, reports suggest that BPF is also rethinking on its alliance with the BJP. The party in its forthcoming two-day conference, starting from May 13, is likely to discuss on other options of government formation.
“The five-month-old BJP-BPF partnership was built on the promise of a Rs 1,000-crore package from the Centre for the Bodo Territorial Council. It ran into rough weather after PM Narendra Modi failed to announce the deal when addressing a BPF rally at Kokrajhar in January,” stated The Times of India report.