GUWAHATI, Dec 22 - All India Congress Committee (AICC) is carrying out a survey to gauge the public mood regarding the party�s prospective alliance with the AIUDF for the 2021 Assembly elections.
�As far as I know, AICC is in the process of doing a survey to gauge public opinion. The survey report is likely to come in the first week of January and a decision will be taken only after that,� All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev told the media on the sidelines of State executive meeting of the Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee here today.
�When (AICC general secretary in-charge of Assam) Jitendra Singh came to the Barak Valley, he clearly stated that no decision has been taken (regarding tie-up with AIUDF),� she said.
Dev said that the Congress party needs to formulate region-specific strategy for the Assembly polls. �Polls need to be fought with different strategies for different areas. BJP is winning because of strategy,� she said.
She added that a high level meeting of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) will be held here tomorrow and expressed hope that the party�s leadership will formulate some strategy collectively.
Asked about the possibility of leadership change in the State Congress, she said that such decisions are taken by the party�s high command.
There have been demands within the State Congress for removal of Bora for the post of APCC president.
�It is easy to criticize others. But we all have to work together. One individual cannot win polls, whether it is the APCC president or the AICC president. There has to be collective responsibility. If somebody replaces Ripun Bora does it mean that that individual can single-handedly win Assam for us? That is not possible. All will have to work together,� Dev said.
Meanwhile, State Congress president Bora refused to comment about the AICC�s survey to gauge public opinion about the alliance.
�There are some internal party issues about which we cannot comment publicly. I, as president, cannot share such secrets,� Bora said during a press conference later in the day.
Asked about reports that Congress may have a �secret� tie-up with the AIUDF rather than a formal alliance, Bora said, �Many rumours are floating around. Such things will keep appearing. But tie-ups do not take place in 24 hours. We need a series of discussions and research work before arriving at such decisions. We are talking with other parties and indigenous ethnic groups as well.�