Will form next Assam govt, have minority contestant: BJP



Guwahati: Exuding confidence of winning the "required number of seats to form the next government in Assam", the BJP state unit on Saturday said the party had given representation to all communities, including minority, in its candidates list for the Assembly polls.

"This time people want change from the Congress Tarun Gogoi government. We will get the required number of seats in next month's Assembly polls to form the next government in Assam", BJP state unit president Ranjit Dutta, MLA, told reporters here.

Deciding to go it alone to fight against "corruption by the Congress government" in the upcoming assembly hustings in the two-phased elections scheduled for April 4 and 11 next, Dutta said, "people will vote in favour of the BJP to form the next government".

Stating that candidates from all communities will be given tickets by the saffron party for the polls, Dutta said, they would include a minority contestant, eight women, seven scheduled tribe, six tea tribes, three scheduled caste and two each from Nepali community and BJYM.

Accusing the ruling Congress of "failing to give an opportunity to indigenous Assamese Muslims to contest the polls", Dutta said, "in upper Assam we will put up an Assamese Muslim contestant".

"There are media reports that the BJP has a secret seat-sharing deal with other political parties as our 'party is weak in certain constituencies'. I clarify there will be no future alliance or secret understanding with any political party. We will contest in all the 126 seats".

PTI