Guwahati: The BJP on Tuesday said it is fighting
the Assam Assembly elections to form the government on its own
as people are "displeased and disappointed" with the
Congress-led Central and state governments.
"When you are in the election mode you are focused only on
winning. So we are fighting to form the government. Our aim is
to form the government on our own," senior BJP leader Sushma
Swaraj told reporters here.
On being pointed out that her claim was a tall one in a
state where the BJP has only 10 MLAs in a House of 126, she
said, "In Bihar our strike rate was 99 per cent. In Punjab we
got 19 out of 23 seats. When people give they give
Asked with which party the BJP would align with to form
government in Assam, Swaraj said, "Not thinking about that
now. It will be relevant after the election results are out.
Formation of alignments for governments are done by our
central parliamentary board and not locally here."
On whether the absence of a pre-poll alliance with other
opposition parties would benefit the Congress by splitting the
votes as during the last elections, she said "every time the
votes need not be divided."
"People are displeased and disappointed with the Central
and state government. This will not cause division of votes
but unity of votes. People will decide whom they will vote
into power and whom out of power," insisted the Leader of the
Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
Confident of her party`s victory here, she said, "The
atmosphere here is very favourable for the BJP due to three
factors - there is a strong anti-incumbency feeling against
the present state government, utter disappointment with the
Congress-led government at the Centre and positive feelings
for the BJP."
"The people relate to the issues raised by the BJP...the
issues of good governance, commitment and migrants. People
feel those are their issues," she claimed.
On the BJP prospects in the four other states going to the
polls, she said, "We are focused in all the five states but
have maximum hope in Assam. In West Bengal the prospects are
good but not as in Assam. In Kerala not only we will make a
debut but have an impressive strength."
Asked about the role of the ULFA factor during the
elections, Swaraj accused the Congress of "hobnobbing with the
ULFA. It is a known fact. They (Congress) always do before the