GUWAHATI, Jan 17: As part of the effort to form a united front of regional forces in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State, the Raijor Dal today formally reached out to the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) for an electoral tie-up between the two newly-formed regional parties.
The AJP has also responded favourably to the proposal by the Raijor Dal and said that an alliance between the two parties is certain.
“Today we have formally taken the initiative for forming an alliance between our party and the AJP. We have sent a letter to the AJP leadership seeking a tie-up with them and AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi has received the letter,” Raijor Dal working president Bhasco De Saikia told a press conference here.
“This is the need of the hour. Since the formation of our two parties, people across the State have been calling us to join hands. Today we have formally approached the AJP and we hope that soon both the parties will sit together and seal the alliance,” he said.
Saikia said that the aim of all “progressive regional forces” is to ensure the defeat of the BJP as well as the AIUDF in the elections. He termed both the BJP and the AIUDF as “communal”.
“We want all the progressive regional forces to come together. Our aim is to save Assam’s identity, culture and heritage from the BJP,” he added.
When contacted, AJP vice president Adip Kumar Phukan said, “Alliance (between Raijor Dal and AJP) will happen for sure. We want to ensure that there is no division of votes among regional forces and that there should be only one candidate from regional parties in each constituency.”