Assam Assembly Election 2021-And the Changing Political Polarisation:

Assam Assembly Election 2021-And the Changing Political Polarisation:

Elections in the north-eastern state will be held in Assam in three phases – on March 27, April 4, and April 6.

Term of Assam assembly ends on May 31 while 8 seats are reserved for SC and 16 seats are reserved for ST out of total of 126 assembly seats.

The Election Commission has appointed Ashok Kumar as a special police observer for Assam. “In Assam in 2016, the polling stations were 24,890 and in 2021, there will be 33,530. The percentage increase in polling stations is 35.71%,” Arora said.

The BJP had created history in the 2016 elections by winning Assam, making it the first north-eastern state to be governed by the saffron party. The BJP had ousted the Congress after its 15-year uninterrupted rule. The BJP had alone won 60 seats in the 126-member Assembly.

Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday evening has released the names of candidates who will be contesting for the upcoming Assam Assembly elections for Phase I and II.

The sitting BJP government will contest the polls in alliance with Asam Gana Parishad (AGP), and United People’s Party (Liberal). AGP will contest from 26 constituencies, UPPL will contest from eight constituencies, and a seat will be contested from Rabha Joutho Mancha also but they will be contesting under BJP’s party symbol.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced the first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Assam. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from Majuli and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from Jalukbari. Both of them used to contest from these constituencies even earlier. State President of BJP will contest from Patacharkuchi. He previously contested from Sarbhog.

The decision for the final list of candidates was taken on Thursday night during the core committee meeting held in New Delhi in the presence of top-notch BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and National President JP Nadda among others.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, State President Ranjit Dass, and National General Secretary Dilip Saikia, Cabinet Minister Atul Bora, and Working President Keshav Mahanta were present in the meeting as well.

The Assembly elections in the state will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6 the results will be declared on May 2.

“BJP will fight Assam polls in alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL),” Singh said. For Assam polls, BJP has replaced 11 sitting MLAs with new faces. Allies AGP, UPPL will contest 26 and eight seats respectively. Sonowal, Sarma, and leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad and the United People’s Party Liberal were also present at the press conference.

“We are declaring the names of candidates on 70 seats as of now, out of the 126 seats in Assam Assembly. We are giving 26 seats to Assam Gana Parishad and 8 seats to United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL),” Arun Singh said.

As anticipated, in the list of 96 candidates declared by BJP-AGP combine the name of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was conspicuously missing. His own party sacrificed his constituency, Barhampur to BJP. The 69-year-old stalwart of All Assam Student’s Union’s anti-foreigners’ movement and two-time CM has been winning from Barhampur since 1991. BJP has fielded Jitu Goswami from Barhampur as Mahanta is recuperating from illness at IIMS, New Delhi. Mahanta has also been constantly in friction with his own party and eventually with BJP on CAA.

It may be mentioned that Prafulla Kumar Mahanta had been a vocal in opposing the passing and proposed implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). But recently he has taken an anti-CAA stand which led to his isolation within the AGP ranks as the party’s leadership have been an ardent supporter of the BJP’s brainchild CAA.

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s denial of ticket by the AGP is being look upon by many as a bid by the party’s leadership to get rid of the former Chief Minister because of his anti-CAA stand. This has led Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and his supporters to revive AGP’s breakaway faction – the Assam Gana Parishad-Progressive (AGP-P).

As per media reports Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is now raring to fight the upcoming elections from the Congress-led “mahajot” platform.

The Assembly elections in the state will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6 the results will be declared on May 2.

The list was announced a day after the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC), chaired by PM Narendra Modi met in the national capital. Majuli will go to the polls on March 27 in the first phase, while Jalukbari will be polled in the third phase and the last phase on April 6.

Assam Assembly Election: Congress led ‘Mahajoot’ to finalize Seat Sharing Soon The seat-sharing between the parties in the ‘Mahajoot’ will be finalized within a few days as the last date for filing nomination papers for phase 1 of the polls is March 9.

The opposition Congress-led Grand Alliance in Assam on Sunday said its chief ministerial candidate will be decided in consultation with other constituents after the assembly elections are over.

Addressing a joint press conference of the partners of the Grand Alliance, All India Congress Committee general secretary, in-charge of Assam, Anirudh Singh, said that the prime concern of the grouping is to defeat the BJP and its partners.

The Assam election seat-sharing between the parties in the Congress-led grand alliance or ‘Mahajoot’ will be finalized within a few days as the last date for filing nomination papers for phase 1 of the polls is March 9, said sources. The Assam election grand alliance comprises the Congress, AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front), CPI (Communist Party of India), CPI (Marxist), CPI-ML (Marxist-Leninist), Anchalik Gana Morcha, and BPF (Bodoland Peoples’ Front).

Assam Congress president Ripun Bora also invited two new regional parties — Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal — to join the grouping to defeat the BJP-led alliance.

Addressing a joint press conference of the partners of the Grand Alliance, All India Congress Committee general secretary, in-charge of Assam, Anirudh Singh, said that the prime concern of the grouping is to defeat the BJP and its partners.

“After the polls are over, all the parties will sit together and decide about the chief ministerial candidate,” he said.

With the joining of the Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in the opposition grouping, the Grand Alliance will surely reach its target of winning 101 out of the total 126 assembly seats in the upcoming polls, Mr. Singh said.

The Congress, which was earlier in power for 15 years in the northeastern state since 2001, had initially formed the Grand Alliance with the AIUDF, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), and the Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) to fight the assembly polls against the BJP-helmed National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The BPF which was a part of the BJP-led state government had announced on Saturday that it will no longer maintain any friendly relation or alliance with the ruling BJP. The BPF joined the alliance to add to the strength of the anti-BJP grouping.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mohilary said, “The BJP failed to fulfill the aspirations of the people of Assam. It has failed to give rights to indigenous people. The party disrespected all tribal people.”

Exuding confidence that the Grand Alliance will form the government with a full majority, the BPF leader said that the BJP will be “finished” in the assembly polls.

When asked if the three BPF ministers in the BJP-led government will resign, Mr. Mohilary refused to give a direct answer, saying “What is there to resign now? Model code of conduct is in force in the state.”

RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had also met several leaders of the alliance on Friday and Saturday and said his party will contest the Assam assembly polls although no formal decision was taken to join the grouping.

Assam Congress president Ripun Bora also invited two new regional parties — Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal — to join the grouping to defeat the BJP-led alliance.

The All-India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) organisational general secretary, Aminul Islam requested the BPF to unite all the tribal and ethnic groups to put a consolidated fight against the ruling NDA.

“The RJD leadership also came and made a commitment to campaign anywhere in the state in favour of the Grand Alliance. This will benefit us immensely,” the AIUDF leader added.