- Meeting of leaders of Assam BJP’s allies with Shah, Nadda
- Agreement on seat sharing agreement agreed, will be announced soon
- BJP’s Central Election Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday
The agreement on the seat-sharing between the BJP and its allies, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberals (UPPL), was finalized on Wednesday in view of the upcoming Assam Assembly elections. It will be formally announced soon. According to sources, in the important meeting held on Wednesday at the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, a ’99 percent ‘agreement was reached on the seat tally.
BJP president JP Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state BJP president Ranjit Das, AGP president and state government minister Atul Bora, UPPL chief Pramod Boro, BJP leader and minister Hemant Vishwa Sarma were also present at the meeting. Sources said that which party will field its candidates in how many seats, it will be announced in a day or two.
Sources said that as per the synergy of seats, AGP could get 25 seats while UPPL could get 12 seats. In the last assembly election, AGP won 14 seats. The UPPL has recently become part of the alliance with the BJP. At present, it does not have a single member in the assembly.
In the 2016 assembly elections, BJP won 60 seats. She will field her candidates in the remaining seats. The Assam Legislative Assembly has 126 seats. In the last election, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) contested in alliance with BJP and AGP and won 12 seats. In this election, BPF has tied up with Congress and AIUDF.
After the joint meeting at Shah’s residence, BJP leaders met separately at Nadda’s residence and the names of the candidates were discussed. The BJP’s Central Election Committee will have a brainstorm on Thursday on the first list of candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend this meeting.
Voting will be held in three phases from March 27 to April 6 in Assam. Polling will be held on March 27 for 47 assembly seats in the first phase, April 1 for 39 assembly seats under the second phase, and April 6 for 40 assembly seats under the third and final phase. The last date for nomination is March 9.
Majuli and Bokakhat assembly seats are the main seats to be voted on in the first phase. Sonowal is MLA from Majuli while AGP’s Bora is from Bokakhat. This time the BJP has a challenge to save its power in Assam. There he faces a coalition of Congress and AIUDF. The BJP won power in a state in the Northeast for the first time in the last assembly election, ending 10 years of Congress rule.
Shah and other leaders during the meeting.