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No alliance with BJP: Ajmal

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, May 7 - All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief, Badruddin Ajmal �won�t form an alliance with BJP in Assam even if the CM�s post is offered to the party,� but an alliance with Congress is thinkable.

�Even if the CM�s post is offered to us there is no way we would go into an alliance with BJP,� Ajmal stated during a brief personal visit here today. Ajmal, who has been predicting a hung Assam Assembly, has already positioned himself as the King-maker in Government formation.

�We are open for talks with Congress, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People�s Front,� he said, adding, some of AGP and BPF leaders are already in talks with the AIUDF.

Ajmal has been trying to cobble up a third front together with Congress-AGP-BPF. However, AGP and BPF are allies of BJP and have fought the elections together.

�You will see a lot of things would change after the election result,� Ajmal said when pointed out about BJP�s allies AGP and BPF. He said several of the legislators would switch sides and that is true for his own party men too.

�It (change of allegiance) would happen in all parties,� Ajmal said. For this reason, he has reportedly asked his candidates to keep their passports ready after the election results. The businessman-turned-politician is willing to fly out any candidate, who wins, from the country to protect them from horse-trading.

Giving his party 30 plus seats in the elections, he said, the AIUDF would have garnered 40-45 seats if the Muslim votes were not divided between his party and Congress.

Meanwhile, counting would be held on May 19. Most of the opinion polls have predicted a close contest between the BJP-led alliance and the Congress with the BJP-led alliance having a slight edge. The AIUDF has been projected to get about 20 plus seats in the House of 126.

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No alliance with BJP: Ajmal

SHILLONG, May 7 - All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief, Badruddin Ajmal �won�t form an alliance with BJP in Assam even if the CM�s post is offered to the party,� but an alliance with Congress is thinkable.

�Even if the CM�s post is offered to us there is no way we would go into an alliance with BJP,� Ajmal stated during a brief personal visit here today. Ajmal, who has been predicting a hung Assam Assembly, has already positioned himself as the King-maker in Government formation.

�We are open for talks with Congress, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People�s Front,� he said, adding, some of AGP and BPF leaders are already in talks with the AIUDF.

Ajmal has been trying to cobble up a third front together with Congress-AGP-BPF. However, AGP and BPF are allies of BJP and have fought the elections together.

�You will see a lot of things would change after the election result,� Ajmal said when pointed out about BJP�s allies AGP and BPF. He said several of the legislators would switch sides and that is true for his own party men too.

�It (change of allegiance) would happen in all parties,� Ajmal said. For this reason, he has reportedly asked his candidates to keep their passports ready after the election results. The businessman-turned-politician is willing to fly out any candidate, who wins, from the country to protect them from horse-trading.

Giving his party 30 plus seats in the elections, he said, the AIUDF would have garnered 40-45 seats if the Muslim votes were not divided between his party and Congress.

Meanwhile, counting would be held on May 19. Most of the opinion polls have predicted a close contest between the BJP-led alliance and the Congress with the BJP-led alliance having a slight edge. The AIUDF has been projected to get about 20 plus seats in the House of 126.