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Cong to go it alone in polls

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - Accusing the AIUDF of having a �secret understanding� with the BJP, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that Congress will contest the forthcoming Assam Legislative Assembly polls on its own and there is no question of either entering into seat-sharing or even having an �understanding� with any other party.

�We will not have seat-sharing with anybody. I have always been stating that we will not enter into any seat-sharing arrangement. Earlier, I had spoken of having �understanding� (among non-BJP parties). Now we are not even going for that,� Gogoi said, addressing the media at the State Secretariat here.

He was responding to a query regarding possibility of a tie-up between the Congress and the AIUDF for the forthcoming polls.

Gogoi sharply criticized AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal and accused the latter of having a secret understanding with the BJP.

�The BJP is silent even after Ajmal had publicly asked what Narendra Modi had eaten during his visit to Pakistan. How did he have the guts to make such allegations against the Prime Minister? Everybody knows Modi is a vegetarian. And yet, it is surprising to note that the BJP is silent. Had I made such a statement, there would have been a hue and cry everywhere. Why is the BJP soft on Ajmal?� the Chief Minister wondered.

Gogoi said that both the AIUDF and the BJP have the same goal of trying to polarise the situation in Assam.

The Chief Minister also said that for a party which won 18 Assembly seats during the last polls, Ajmal is overestimating his own support base.

Asked if Congress will not join hands with AIUDF even after the polls in case of a hung verdict, Gogoi said such a decision will be taken after the election results are out.

Regarding the possibility of an understanding with the AGP, he said, �Now nobody is with us. I am alone.�

The Chief Minister was also scathing in his attack on the BJP and said the State Government will release a white paper within this month giving out details regarding the quantum of Central assistance received by Assam during the previous UPA regime and the current NDA dispensation in New Delhi.

�Why is not Sarbananda Sonowal also bringing out a white paper? The Union Minister (Rajnath Singh) told a Congress delegation that he has no idea about the Special Category State status � The Modi euphoria is on the wane and BJP has lost one election after another, from Delhi to Bihar, and even the local polls in Gujarat,� Gogoi said.

He accused the saffron party of indulging in divisive politics for the sake of power.

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