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State Cong minority leaders oppose poll pact with AIUDF

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NEW DELHI, Jan 12 - In the wake of reports of AICC keen on aligning with the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, a delegation of minority leaders of the Assam Congress has rushed to Delhi to oppose the alliance.

A 12-member delegation of the minority leaders led by the chairman of its minority cell, Wajed Ali Choudhury on Tuesday met AICC general secretary in-charge for Assam, Dr CP Joshi and has sought appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Talking to this newspaper after their meeting with Dr Joshi, former Lok Sabha MP Abdul Hamid said that they have expressed their �strong� opposition to the Congress party aligning with AIUDF. The Congress party should go it alone, he said.

The delegation also includes former MP Anwar Hussain, ex-MLA Nurjamal Sarkar, besides Hamid, among others.

Significantly, senior AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is scheduled to reach Guwahati on January 13 to explore the possibility of forming alliances with �like-minded� parties. Though a senior leader declined to reveal names of the parties with which Azad would hold talks, he did not rule out the possibility of the Congress leader meeting Ajmal.

Meanwhile, Hamid said that they are expecting some more minority leaders joining them when they meet both the president and vice president.

Asked why they are opposed to Ajmal, the former Lok Sabha MP claimed that an anti-AIUDF wave was blowing all-over the minority belts in Assam because Ajmal has been flirting with BJP on the sly.

Moreover, the minority people have understood that it is only the Congress party, which can fight the Narendra Modi-led BJP. Ajmal is in no position to take on Narendra Modi. It is only the Congress party that can fight him and safeguard the interest of Muslims, he claimed.

�The minority people in Assam are determined to vote for the Congress party, and in the backdrop of such a scenario, it makes no sense for the Congress to tie up with AIUDF,� Hamid explained.

The minority leaders of the State Congress are also anxious over reports of Ajmal seeking 57-odd seats from the Congress in Assam. The fear of losing their seats to AIUDF forced many of them to rush to Delhi, said a party source.

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State Cong minority leaders oppose poll pact with AIUDF

NEW DELHI, Jan 12 - In the wake of reports of AICC keen on aligning with the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, a delegation of minority leaders of the Assam Congress has rushed to Delhi to oppose the alliance.

A 12-member delegation of the minority leaders led by the chairman of its minority cell, Wajed Ali Choudhury on Tuesday met AICC general secretary in-charge for Assam, Dr CP Joshi and has sought appointment with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Talking to this newspaper after their meeting with Dr Joshi, former Lok Sabha MP Abdul Hamid said that they have expressed their �strong� opposition to the Congress party aligning with AIUDF. The Congress party should go it alone, he said.

The delegation also includes former MP Anwar Hussain, ex-MLA Nurjamal Sarkar, besides Hamid, among others.

Significantly, senior AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is scheduled to reach Guwahati on January 13 to explore the possibility of forming alliances with �like-minded� parties. Though a senior leader declined to reveal names of the parties with which Azad would hold talks, he did not rule out the possibility of the Congress leader meeting Ajmal.

Meanwhile, Hamid said that they are expecting some more minority leaders joining them when they meet both the president and vice president.

Asked why they are opposed to Ajmal, the former Lok Sabha MP claimed that an anti-AIUDF wave was blowing all-over the minority belts in Assam because Ajmal has been flirting with BJP on the sly.

Moreover, the minority people have understood that it is only the Congress party, which can fight the Narendra Modi-led BJP. Ajmal is in no position to take on Narendra Modi. It is only the Congress party that can fight him and safeguard the interest of Muslims, he claimed.

�The minority people in Assam are determined to vote for the Congress party, and in the backdrop of such a scenario, it makes no sense for the Congress to tie up with AIUDF,� Hamid explained.

The minority leaders of the State Congress are also anxious over reports of Ajmal seeking 57-odd seats from the Congress in Assam. The fear of losing their seats to AIUDF forced many of them to rush to Delhi, said a party source.

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