GUWAHATI, March 3: Even though the Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi has appealed for a united opposition sans the AIUDF, to defeat the BJP in the ensuing State elections, the alliance partner of the regional front Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) has outrightly rejected the idea of siding with the Congress and its allies due to ‘ideological compulsions.’
Though the party leaders refrained from making any comments over a possible trust deficit in the regional alliance, the sources from with the party said that the matter of open letter, without consulting the alliance partner, has not gone down well with the party leaders.
AJP general secretary Jagadish Bhuyan told The Assam Tribune that the AJP was not officially informed about any such plan to give a call to all opposition parties to formulate a joint strategy ahead of the election.
“It might be the stand of the Raijor Dal, but we were neither informed about it nor do we subscribe to this idea of going for any strategic partnership with the grand alliance, with or without the AIUDF. Since our inception, we are committed to move ahead as an uncompromising regional force. We have our own ideological compulsions, and we won't deviate from that path,” the AJP general secretary stated.
Bhuyan however, admitted that the latest move of Raijor Dal, differed from the principal agreement on which both the parties came together.
It may be noted that just one day ahead of writing the open letter, the jailed farmer leader held a two-hour long discussion with AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi at the GMCH, kicking off the seat sharing exercise of the regional front.
Heads of both the parties are supposed to meet again on March 5 to finalise the list of candidates for the first phase.