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�Cong to go alone in State Assembly polls�

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 13 - The Congress party will adopt �Akla Cholo� policy in the coming Assembly election, Congress leaders from the minority community claimed after meeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi here this afternoon.

A delegation of the Assam Congress Minority Cell, led Wajed Ali Chowdhury, which called on Gandhi today, were enthusiastic after the party vice president reportedly endorsed their demand to go alone in the polls. The delegation in particular is opposing any pre-poll alliance with the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF.

The delegation later called on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and explained to him their rationale for opposing alliance with the AIUDF.

Former Lok Sabha MP Abdul Hamid told this newspaper that their meeting with Rahul Gandhi was successful, as they managed to convince him that the Congress party�s popularity among the minority community is intact, as the community has realised the futility of supporting the AIUDF.

�The Congress will gain and not lose by going alone, as minority people have realised that it is the Congress party which alone can stand up to the Narendra Modi-led BJP. In Assam, it is only the Congress which is in a position to give a tough fight to the BJP,� he said.

There are reports that AIUDF has already entered into a secret pact with BJP and this has confused the minority people regarding alliance with the AIUDF, Hamid asserted.

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