GUWAHATI, Sept 25 - Following the reversals suffered during the recent Assembly polls, in which it witnessed a substantial fall in strength in the State Legislature, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has started the process of restructuring its organisation.
Senior AIUDF leaders told The Assam Tribune that work to reconstitute the party�s organisation, from Panchayat to central level, has started and a sustained drive has been taken up to enrol new members across the State.
�In some districts, the process for formation of new local committees has started. By September 28, the process will begin across all the districts. Once the anchalik committees are formed, we will then take the next step, which is constitution of the new district committees,� Aminul Islam, General Secretary (Organisation) of AIUDF, told this newspaper.
He said three-four members from each district committee will be co-opted for the new central committee of the party, which is expected to be formed by November.
�The entire process of restructuring the party organisation will be completed by November,� Islam said.
He added that AIUDF has already carried out a review of the election results and found that a number of factors contributed to the party�s poor performance in the polls.
�There was a sort of wave for the BJP. Secondly, the Congress party�s false propaganda about a secret tie-up between AIUDF and BJP also hurt our prospects at many places. And thirdly, till the last we were hoping for formation of a �mahajot� (grand alliance) of non-BJP parties and when it did not materialise, there was some confusion,� Islam said.
Once the central committee is reconstituted, Badruddin Ajmal is expected to be re-elected as the president of the party.
�Continuance of Badruddin Ajmal as the party president is a foregone conclusion. There is no other leader in our party who can match his stature,� said a senior AIUDF office-bearer on condition of anonymity.
He added that review of the poll results had also pointed out to some dissatisfaction among a section of the workers, vis-�-vis the attitude of certain middle-level leaders and also local legislators.
�This impacted us as we lost from 12 constituencies where our candidates had won last time. However, we did manage to salvage our position somewhat by winning from six new seats,� said the leader.
AIUDF, which had won 18 seats in the 2011 Assembly polls, saw its strength go down to 13 in the recent polls.
Champak Kalita, AIUDF General Secretary and party spokesperson, said that membership drive has been started in places like Nagaon, Hojai and parts of Lower Assam.
�First we are concentrating on areas of our core strength, including Lower Assam, Central Assam and Barak Valley. In the next phase, we will shift our attention to districts like Lakhimpur and other parts of North Bank where we have some influence and finally we will take up membership drive in Upper Assam, where our organisational base is currently weak,� Kalita said.