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BJP confident of overcoming Cong-AIUDF challenge

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 - The alliance between the Congress and the AIUDF for the 2021 Assam Assembly elections may pose some challenges to the BJP in a few constituencies but the ruling party is confident of confronting and overcoming such obstacles. This was stated by state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass to the media here today.

�We may face some challenges in a few seats due to the Congress-AIUDF alliance. However, we, in turn, are confident of wresting at least nine seats from the Opposition. So, we will be able to face the challenges successfully,� Dass said.

He said the BJP is also confident of improving its performance in the Muslim-majority constituencies.

�Our government's social welfare and developmental schemes have touched all sections of society. Religious minorities have been among the major beneficiaries of our schemes. As a result, we have improved our position in the minority-dominated areas of the State. We used to secure around 7,000 votes in Jania but during the last by-election, we managed to increase our votes in Jania to over 15,000. People in minority-dominated areas are getting ready to exercise conscience vote in 2021,� said the state BJP president.

He added that the BJP will make further inroads in Upper Assam, North Bank and Barak Valley in next year's elections.

Asked about the Char-Chapori museum controversy, Dass alleged that the Congress party deliberately ignited it for the sake of creating religious polarization.

�AIUDF's influence is growing in Baghbar constituency, which is represented by Sherman Ali Ahmed. And not only Baghbar but in the entire Lower Assam belt, the AIUDF is a rising force. This has made the Congress worried. So, Congress used Sherman Ali Ahmed to mislead the public and create religious polarization,� Dass said.

He pointed to the demand of Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha from North Karimganj constituency for setting up a museum reflecting the cultural heritage of the Bengali-speaking people of the State at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.

Dass said Congress wants to create polarization among the Assamese and Bengali speakers and the people of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys.

�But the people of Barak Valley have condemned Purkayastha in unequivocal terms for his comment. People of Barak Valley are happy with the development brought about by our government. People there nowadays say that the BJP-led government has been successful in removing the 'mental distance' between the citizens of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys. Our party's strength is going up in the Barak Valley and that has made Purkayastha worried,� said the BJP leader.

Meanwhile, several persons from the cultural and political arenas joined the BJP during an event held at the saffron party's head-office here today. Dass was present at the event.

Among those who took membership of the BJP on the occasion were Tulika Gogoi Neog and Manorama Deka, both general secretaries of Mahila Congress, actor Paban Bora, actor Bhabesh Das, singer Prabal Deka and All Assam Karbi Students' Union president Tapan Kathar.

Speaking on the occasion, Dass urged BJP cadres to refrain from indulging in any kind of malpractices during the process of implementation of government schemes.

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BJP confident of overcoming Cong-AIUDF challenge

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 - The alliance between the Congress and the AIUDF for the 2021 Assam Assembly elections may pose some challenges to the BJP in a few constituencies but the ruling party is confident of confronting and overcoming such obstacles. This was stated by state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass to the media here today.

�We may face some challenges in a few seats due to the Congress-AIUDF alliance. However, we, in turn, are confident of wresting at least nine seats from the Opposition. So, we will be able to face the challenges successfully,� Dass said.

He said the BJP is also confident of improving its performance in the Muslim-majority constituencies.

�Our government's social welfare and developmental schemes have touched all sections of society. Religious minorities have been among the major beneficiaries of our schemes. As a result, we have improved our position in the minority-dominated areas of the State. We used to secure around 7,000 votes in Jania but during the last by-election, we managed to increase our votes in Jania to over 15,000. People in minority-dominated areas are getting ready to exercise conscience vote in 2021,� said the state BJP president.

He added that the BJP will make further inroads in Upper Assam, North Bank and Barak Valley in next year's elections.

Asked about the Char-Chapori museum controversy, Dass alleged that the Congress party deliberately ignited it for the sake of creating religious polarization.

�AIUDF's influence is growing in Baghbar constituency, which is represented by Sherman Ali Ahmed. And not only Baghbar but in the entire Lower Assam belt, the AIUDF is a rising force. This has made the Congress worried. So, Congress used Sherman Ali Ahmed to mislead the public and create religious polarization,� Dass said.

He pointed to the demand of Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha from North Karimganj constituency for setting up a museum reflecting the cultural heritage of the Bengali-speaking people of the State at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.

Dass said Congress wants to create polarization among the Assamese and Bengali speakers and the people of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys.

�But the people of Barak Valley have condemned Purkayastha in unequivocal terms for his comment. People of Barak Valley are happy with the development brought about by our government. People there nowadays say that the BJP-led government has been successful in removing the 'mental distance' between the citizens of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys. Our party's strength is going up in the Barak Valley and that has made Purkayastha worried,� said the BJP leader.

Meanwhile, several persons from the cultural and political arenas joined the BJP during an event held at the saffron party's head-office here today. Dass was present at the event.

Among those who took membership of the BJP on the occasion were Tulika Gogoi Neog and Manorama Deka, both general secretaries of Mahila Congress, actor Paban Bora, actor Bhabesh Das, singer Prabal Deka and All Assam Karbi Students' Union president Tapan Kathar.

Speaking on the occasion, Dass urged BJP cadres to refrain from indulging in any kind of malpractices during the process of implementation of government schemes.

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