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Congress to fight Assam polls under collective leadership

The ruling Congress party in Assam said it would not project anybody as its chief ministerial candidate.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:54 IST

The ruling Congress party in Assam on Thursday said it would fight next month's assembly elections under a collective leadership and not project anybody as its chief ministerial candidate.

"We have decided to fight the elections under a collective leadership and not in the name of one single individual," Bhubaneswar Kalita, the head of the state unit of Congress, told journalists. "No one is going to be projected as our chief ministerial candidate."

Elections to the 126-member Assam legislature will be held in two phases on April 3 and April 10.

The decision not to project Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as the party's leader for the upcoming polls is significant as there are reports of growing differences between Gogoi and Kalita.

The Congress, which won 71 seats in the 2001 elections, also said it would contest a majority of the seats on its own.

"We might go for an alliance with some Bodo political party. We are keeping the options open," Kalita said.

The selection of candidates for the polls would be done on the basis of reports from grassroots leaders across the state. "We will put up winning candidates and our party is sure of coming back to power again," Kalita said.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 21:41 IST