Debating India

"Assam polls a pointer to new front"

Saturday 8 April 2006, by TALUKDAR*Sushanta

History will be rewritten if AGP wins, say Mulayam and Naidu

Congress, BJP enemies to Assam development: Naidu We will speak up for the State in Parliament: Amar Singh

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BACKING THE AGP: (from right) The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, Asom Gana Parishad president Brindaban Goswami, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, actor and MP Jayaprada and Sarbananda Sonowal, MP, holding the AGP’s manifesto on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati on Friday. They are campaigning for the AGP, the main party opposing the ruling Congress.

Tezpur: The Assembly election results in Assam and Tamil Nadu will provide pointers to building up a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative in the country, leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Telugu Desam said on Friday.

The Assam election would rewrite the country’s history if the regional party, Asom Gana Parishad, was voted to power and the Congress defeated, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, said here.

They were addressing an election rally in the hometown of AGP president Brindaban Goswami.

Earlier in Guwahati, Mr. Yadav, replying to a question whether he foresaw mid-term polls, said there would be a big change after the Assam Assembly elections.

In Tezpur, amidst a thunderous applause, he appealed to the voters to give the "would-be Chief Minister," Mr. Goswami, a landslide victory.

A threat

Mr. Yadav said while the Congress had ruined the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party posed a grave threat by dividing the people on communal lines.

Mr. Naidu said both the BJP and the Congress were the biggest enemies to Assam’s development. The AGP might have just two MPs in Parliament but the party was not alone. "They will be backed by 80 MPs of the TDP and the Samajwadi Party in Parliament in forcefully raising the burning issues of Assam."

"Migrant laws for mileage"

The TDP leader accused the Congress of "blackmailing the minorities" in the name of protecting them and coming out with new migrant laws only to gain political mileage.

Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh, who spoke in fluent Bengali, said all MPs of his party and the TDP would join the two AGP members in asking the Centre: "Assam has given enough to Delhi. What has Delhi given back to Assam?"

Mr. Goswami said the Assam election would lead to the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP front of regional, democratic and Left parties. It was the only viable alternative in the present political scenario.

The AGP chief said though the AGP’s tie-up was limited to seat adjustments with the Left and other democratic parties, in the post-poll scenario these parties would give shape to this understanding based on a political consensus and draw up common programmes.

See online : The Hindu



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