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GUWAHATI, May 19 � Boosted by a good performance on its part in the general elections and the virtual decimation of the Congress across the nation, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is aiming to further consolidate its base in Assam with an aim to secure a bonanza in the 2016 Assembly polls in the State.

A senior AIUDF leader said that the party expects replication of the polarisation witnessed during the recent Lok Sabha polls in 2016, and expects that this will ensure massive gains for it in lower Assam and Barak Valley with further losses for the Congress.

Asked about reports that the AIUDF is willing to prop up a government led by rebel Congress legislators in case of a split in the State Congress, the leader said there has been no such discussion in the party forum.

Another senior AIUDF leader had reportedly told a private news channel that they may consider such an alternative.

�The leader concerned had clarified in the interview itself that it is his personal opinion and he has not raised it in the party forum,� said the leader who spoke to The Assam Tribune.

Asked if the AIUDF is likely to join the NDA after the rout of the UPA in the general elections, he said, �With the kind of majority the BJP-led NDA has secured, they do not need us. However, we may offer them issue-based support when certain matters come up for discussion and debate in the Parliament if such matters are in public interest.�

The AIUDF, which had won 18 seats in 2011 (one MLA was expelled from the party earlier this year), is hoping to cross the 35-40 mark in 2016.

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AIUDF for issue-based support to NDA

GUWAHATI, May 19 � Boosted by a good performance on its part in the general elections and the virtual decimation of the Congress across the nation, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is aiming to further consolidate its base in Assam with an aim to secure a bonanza in the 2016 Assembly polls in the State.

A senior AIUDF leader said that the party expects replication of the polarisation witnessed during the recent Lok Sabha polls in 2016, and expects that this will ensure massive gains for it in lower Assam and Barak Valley with further losses for the Congress.

Asked about reports that the AIUDF is willing to prop up a government led by rebel Congress legislators in case of a split in the State Congress, the leader said there has been no such discussion in the party forum.

Another senior AIUDF leader had reportedly told a private news channel that they may consider such an alternative.

�The leader concerned had clarified in the interview itself that it is his personal opinion and he has not raised it in the party forum,� said the leader who spoke to The Assam Tribune.

Asked if the AIUDF is likely to join the NDA after the rout of the UPA in the general elections, he said, �With the kind of majority the BJP-led NDA has secured, they do not need us. However, we may offer them issue-based support when certain matters come up for discussion and debate in the Parliament if such matters are in public interest.�

The AIUDF, which had won 18 seats in 2011 (one MLA was expelled from the party earlier this year), is hoping to cross the 35-40 mark in 2016.

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