PM Modi sounds poll bugle; 5 reasons why BJP may score big in Assam elections

With an aim to boost BJP's prospects in the upcoming Assam Assembly elections, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched BJP's election campaign from Kokrajhar by announcing a slew of initiatives, including tribal status to two communities.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2016, 00:20 AM IST
PM Modi sounds poll bugle; 5 reasons why BJP may score big in Assam elections

Guwahati: With an aim to boost BJP's prospects in the upcoming Assam Assembly elections, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched BJP's election campaign from Kokrajhar by announcing a slew of initiatives, including tribal status to two communities.

Here are five reasons why BJP may score big in the Assam Assembly elections:-

BJP's new ally Bodoland People's Front 

- PM Modi kick started the poll campaign with its new ally Bodoland People's Front (BPF). The BPF is believed to have strong presence in Kokrajhar and its neighbouring areas. The party has been in power in Bodoland Territorial Council since its inception in 2003. Hence, with this new alliance partner, BJP's prospects of coming to power have been enhanced

Alliance with Asom Gana Parishad on the cards?

- BJP is seeking to broaden alliance with tying up with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) too. Reportedly, BJP's top brass is already in  with the AGP high command including ex-CM of Assam Prafulla Mahanta. Notably,  AGP and BJP had fought the 2009 Parliamentary elections together.

'Modi wave'

- Considering how 2014 Lok Sabha polls witnessed 'Modi wave' that helped BJP bagging seven of the state's 14 LS seats, while AGP drew a blank, this time the saffron party may secure enough seats in Assam.

Tribal status to two communities
 
- PM Modi has announced that the people of Karbi community living in the plains of Assam and Bodos living in hill areas would be granted tribal status and the process has already started. This is also likely to boost winning prospects.

'Northeast youths should be recruited in Delhi Police'

The Prime Minister has said he had instructed that youths from the Northeast should be recruited in the Delhi Police and the process has already started. With this move, BJP may woo Northeast youths.

Other initiatives

- Announcing other initiatives, the Prime Minister said a central technical institute located in Kokrajhar would be given the status of a deemed university, the Sealdah-Guwahati Kanchenjunga Express will be extended up to the Barak Valley while the Rupsi Airport in Dhubri will be taken over by the Indian Air Force.

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Election to Assam's 126-member Assembly is expected to be held in April-May along with four other states.