Setback for Cong as AIUDF plans to contest seats across Assam

  • Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2016 01:22 IST

As chances of an alliance between the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) faded in Assam, the local party’s chief Badruddin Ajmal has drawn plans to contest in seats across the state.

“This time, you will see so many non-Muslim AIUDF candidates from places like Darrang, Bodo areas, etc. There will be many Assamese candidates from places like Sivasagar, Jorhat,” said Ajmal.

The AIUDF draws its strength essentially from the large Bengali-speaking Muslims in the lower half of Assam. Ajmal’s plans to expand wings may pose new challenges to the Congress that has rejected an alliance with the local outfit.

“We have taken up issues that also concern non-Muslims. We have staunchly opposed setting up of mega dams or of transferring land to Bangladesh. We have tried to take the people with us”, he said.

Now a Lok Sabha MP, Ajmal added that his party is bringing out a vision document for Assam and also one each for all the constituencies his party will contest.

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