GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has sought the support of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) during next month�s elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from the State.
AIUDF general secretary (Organisation) Aminul Islam told�The Assam Tribune today that his party is looking to put up at least one candidate for the polls to the Upper House of Parliament scheduled to take place on February 7, and has written a letter to the AGP seeking its support.
�We have written a letter to AGP but so far there has been no response. We will wait till January 21-22 and then decide on our final course of action,� the AIUDF leader said.
He added, �On two occasions in recent years, we have supported candidates of AGP in the Rajya Sabha polls and they won both times. We expect the AGP to reciprocate to our gesture in previous polls and support our candidate this time.�
Islam said none of the opposition parties can win a seat on their own.
�So unity among opposition parties is necessary to win at least one of the three seats,� he said, adding that if the other parties agreed, the AIUDF is also willing to explore the possibility of jointly fielding some �senior intellectual or noted journalist having secular and democratic credentials� as a united candidate of the opposition parties.
Asked if the AIUDF has also contacted the BJP, he replied in the negative.
The last date for filing of nominations to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Assam is January 28. The nominations will be scrutinized on January 29 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is on January 31.
Voting will take place on February 7 and counting will also take place the same day later in the evening.
The terms of the three Rajya Sabha members from the State ��Biswajit Daimary (Bodoland Peoples� Front), Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP) and Bhubaneswar Kalita (Congress) � will expire on April 9 and polls are slated to fill the vacancies.
In the 126-member Assembly, the ruling Congress has 79 MLAs and its alliance partner BPF has 12. So the ruling alliance is certain to win at least two of the three seats up for grab.
The AIUDF has 18 MLAs, the AGP has nine, the BJP five, the Trinamool Congress one and two are Independents.