GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today said the BJP State president, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, �desperately depends� on �non-BJP imported MLAs� than on his own partymen for fulfilling his unrealistic dream of forming a government in the State.
�The BJP which has only six seats in the Assam Assembly now seems to be on a desperate mode to poach MLAs from other parties to fulfil its unrealistic dream of forming the next government in Assam. The tall claims of its State president Siddhartha Bhattacharya that they can form the government in 2016, fall flat on his face with attempts to lure and coax MLAs from other parties,� the APCC said in a statement.
Asserting that the Modi effect was fast waning and people who voted for the BJP during the last Lok Sabha elections of 2014 were no longer mesmerised by the Modi rhetoric, the APCC said that Bhattacharya�s �unrealistic and pompous� announcement of Mission 84 would come a cropper.
�Moreover, the BJP State president also does not seem to have confidence and trust in his own partymen to deliver � so much so that he has to take recourse to find ways and means to lure and steal other parties� MLAs and members to fulfil his dream. He seems to have more confidence in Himanta Biswa Sarma and Padma Hazarika, and other imported members, than on BJP�s own leaders and MPs like Sarbananda Sonowal, Bijoya Chakravarty, etc. It exposes the real picture of the BJP�s poor condition in the State,� it said.
Earlier on Friday, many Congress councillors and functionaries of Zila Parishads, Anchalik Panchayats and Gaon Panchayats formally joined the BJP.
At a function held at the party head office at Hengarabari here, four Congress councillors of North Guwahati Town Committee, three Congress councillors of Guwahati Municipal Corporation and four area sabha members joined the party.
The new members were welcomed by State BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharya. The function was also attended by MP Bijoya Chakravarty, Himanta Biswa Sarma and other BJP leaders.
Twenty-one functionaries of Zila Parishads, Anchalik Panchayats and Gaon Panchayats also joined the BJP.
It needs mention that former AASU functionaries Shankar Prasad Rai and Tapan Gogoi are also going to join the saffron party very shortly.
On the other hand, BJP spokesperson Shiladitya Dev said the party is sorting out how the interested Congress members can be inducted into the party in a phased manner.