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Cong to back AASU if it forms anti-BJP party

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - The Congress will welcome any move taken by the AASU to form a new political party and if necessary join hands with it to ensure defeat of the ruling BJP in the 2021 Assembly polls, said former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while addressing a press conference here today.

�I will welcome it (if AASU takes such an initiative),� he said.

Asked about the possibility of such a new party causing problems for the Congress by dividing the anti-BJP vote, Gogoi said, �If necessary we are prepared to join hands with them. However, such a party has not yet been formed. Let it be formed first... Let a clear picture first emerge.�

He said that even the BJP has an alliance with the AGP and the BPF in Assam.

The former Chief Minister claimed that no government can be formed in Assam post-2021 elections without the support or participation of the Congress.

He added that the BJP-led government has failed on all fronts, including economy and employment generation.

Gogoi added that the Congress is contemplating filing a PIL in the court seeking a judicial inquiry into the violence and killing of five persons in police firing during the anti-CAA protests last month.

�We had demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents of violence... Why no judicial inquiry has been held till now? ... We are thinking of filing a PIL on the issue,� said the senior Congress leader.

On Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma�s comments in the Assembly regarding the cut-off date for detection and expulsion of foreigners, Gogoi said that the base year and the cut-off year are different.

�Even if he (Sarma) is right, why are they now talking of 2014? Why not 1966 when that is the base year,� Gogoi said.

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Cong to back AASU if it forms anti-BJP party

GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - The Congress will welcome any move taken by the AASU to form a new political party and if necessary join hands with it to ensure defeat of the ruling BJP in the 2021 Assembly polls, said former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while addressing a press conference here today.

�I will welcome it (if AASU takes such an initiative),� he said.

Asked about the possibility of such a new party causing problems for the Congress by dividing the anti-BJP vote, Gogoi said, �If necessary we are prepared to join hands with them. However, such a party has not yet been formed. Let it be formed first... Let a clear picture first emerge.�

He said that even the BJP has an alliance with the AGP and the BPF in Assam.

The former Chief Minister claimed that no government can be formed in Assam post-2021 elections without the support or participation of the Congress.

He added that the BJP-led government has failed on all fronts, including economy and employment generation.

Gogoi added that the Congress is contemplating filing a PIL in the court seeking a judicial inquiry into the violence and killing of five persons in police firing during the anti-CAA protests last month.

�We had demanded a judicial inquiry into the incidents of violence... Why no judicial inquiry has been held till now? ... We are thinking of filing a PIL on the issue,� said the senior Congress leader.

On Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma�s comments in the Assembly regarding the cut-off date for detection and expulsion of foreigners, Gogoi said that the base year and the cut-off year are different.

�Even if he (Sarma) is right, why are they now talking of 2014? Why not 1966 when that is the base year,� Gogoi said.

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