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Assam polls: Parties yet to finalise nominees

With barely a month to go for the assembly elections, the scene remains hazy without formation of any major alliance.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:54 IST

With barely a month to go for the Assam assembly elections, the scene remains hazy without formation of any major alliance by political parties and most of them not even finalising their list of candidates.

The ruling Congress has declared that the first phase of candidate list for the April3 polls was likely to be declared by March 15, the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is far from making their list.

The BJP, on the other hand, has focussed on its leaders fanning out to the various parts of the state while other parties including the NCP had discussions with other parties for possible alliance.

The NCP interestingly had declared "understanding and seat sharing adjustments" with the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), the AGP (progressive) and the CPM after three days of hectic parleys.

NCP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A Sangma fell short of terming it as an alliance and was not clear as to what he exactly meant by the "understanding and adjustment" deal.

The AGP on the other hand already dogged by infighting among leaders for tickets have announced that discussions are still on with the CPI, CPM, Trinamool Gana Parishad, Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC-Holiram) and Bodoland Peoples Party (Robiram) for possible alliance.

AGP president Brindabon Goswami has said discussions are on with these parties as also the Samajwadi Party.

The party is however, bogged down by infightings regarding finalisation of candidate list but leaders are hopeful of having alliance.

The party though is not in favour of any alliance with the NCP as three of their candidates who had contested successfully the last election later joined the Congress.

AGP General Secretary Dilip Kumar Saikia said national level leaders including Farooq Abdullah, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh and Jaya Bachchan are expected to campaign for the party.

Both the AGP and the Congress would however, take satisfaction over the uncertainty still prevailing between the AUDF and the AGP(P) led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta for the much talked about alliance.

Mahanta the former AGP chief and two time chief minister expelled from the party after questioning the leadership of Goswami and is now bent on negating any chances of a AGP comeback to power.

However, the much talked about alliance between AGP(P) an AUDF has not been finalised with a section of the leaders in both the parties opposing such a deal.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 11:18 IST