TARANGA BARTA ENGLISH DESK: At long last, the Congress in the State has come to a point that it has no hurdle to stitch an alliance with the AIUDF. The party had a meeting at the official residence of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on August 1. The meeting that was attended by most of the Congress MLAs felt the necessity of the party going for an alliance with the AIUDF.
Admitting such a meeting in his residence before the media on Saturday, Gogoi said that the meeting discussed issues like that of an alliance in the 2021 Assembly election in the State. “If need be, we may talk to Badruddin Ajmal for an alliance with the AIUDF. Ajmal is a three-time MP, besides being an MLA earlier. If I say now – who’s Badruddin – people will laugh at me. We had talks on the issue of alliance with the AIUDF, and even with the AGP. However, we failed to stitch any alliance as differences cropped up on issues like seat-sharing. Despite being in power at the Centre and in the State, the BJP has gone for an alliance with smaller groups like the Tiwas, besides stitching tie-ups with the AGP and the BPF. In such a situation, what hurdles do we have to go for an alliance with the AIUDF? Of course, there’re problems in alliance for parties not in power.”
Gogoi said that intra-party administration is lacking in the Congress as compared to the BJP. “There was no protest from within the party when a leader of Rajen Gohain’s stature was denied ticket in the last Lok Sabha election. Had it been a case with the Congress, there would have been protested from insiders,” Gogoi said.