Assam Meeting Election 2021: Congress not a divided home, will defeat BJP this time, says Pradyut Bordoloi
The BJP has in reality gone into a brand new low of their political narrative which is essentially in opposition to the Assamese ethos, says Congress chief and MP Pradyut Bordoloi
With lower than 24 hours to go for the primary part of voting in 47 Legislative Meeting constituencies of Assam, the joy resulting in the start of the political battle is rising by the minute. Not like 2016, BJP doesn’t have the advantages of a Narendra Modi this time. There are elements on the bottom just like the anti-CAA sentiments that, though diluted, can nonetheless set off an anti-incumbency temper. As such the Congress has regrouped strongly in the previous couple of months choosing up strategic companions, hiding inner variations and embarking on an enormous social media drive.
Congress MP from Nowgong Pradyut Bordoloi, who’s on the forefront of campaigning together with different occasion leaders, in a freewheeling chat with Alenz, explains why the occasion is healthier ready to tackle the BJP this time regardless of the ruling occasion’s campaigning blitzkrieg.
Edited excerpts comply with:
As earlier than, BJP is projecting its improvement plant as its USP to hunt votes. How satisfied are you?
The event plank of BJP has been a farce as a result of although they discuss improvement they don’t seem to be passing the event plank in the suitable earnest. As an alternative of that, they know they’ve failed on all fronts be it job creation, mitigating the plight of the widespread folks or these elementary points that contact the lives of widespread folks. That’s the reason they’re very afraid of going to the folks with a improvement plank or speaking about improvement solely.
To camouflage their failure what they’re doing is that they’ve taken up their final weapon that’s to polarise folks and bringing in a spiritual sentiment. The truth is, it’s a disgrace that these points — the two-nation idea that has been buried in India 75 years in the past, the BJP have introduced it out of their politics in Assam. Now they’re attempting to propagate the idea simply to polarise the society in Assam and to rupture and destroy the social cloth that has been painstakingly constructed by generations of Assamese Congress leaders.
BJP calls Congress’ alliance with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF “unholy” and dangerous for Assam. What do you must say on that?
That is additionally a really laughable accusation of them. They themselves have an alliance with AIUDF. Even immediately three Zila Parishads in Assam like Nagaon, Darrang are being run by an alliance of AIUDF and BJP. Previously additionally, they joined arms with AIUDF for placing up a typical candidate into the Rajya Sabha. There are lots of such cases. However immediately once we fashioned the grand alliance with AIUDF as one of many 9 progressive political events and others like CPM, CPI, CPI-ML, BPF, Anchalik Gana Parishad, their opposition to it is vitally ridiculous. They’re simply attempting to make use of Ajmal as a punching bag to additional their spiritual polarisation politics. The folks of Assam are rejecting this sort of accusation.
Of late, Congress appears to have stopped washing its soiled linen in public at the very least throughout campaigning. Is that strategic?
I feel Congress isn’t a divided home. Could also be at occasions prior to now because of weak management points there was a way of indiscipline however credit score goes to Jitendra Singh who has taken over as the overall secretary. He has introduced everyone on board with equal respect and equal standing. And as it’s as senior leaders of the occasion, we’re all accountable. We have now the expertise and everyone knows that we must work unitedly to defeat the BJP. We’re completely united and we’re combating the BJP. And we’re successful the election this time.
If Congress regains energy, will we see an MP taking cost because the chief minister of the state?
It’s untimely to say something like this. Our major and predominant purpose is to defeat the BJP within the state as a result of we essentially consider that the BJP’s rule has been ruining the social cloth of Assam. It’s upon us to revive the social cloth of Assam. We should cease the BJP juggernaut. We have now to revive the Axomiyatwyo of the state of Assam.
Many opinion polls are claiming that BJP will retain energy in Assam though with a lesser majority than 2016. What do you must say on that?
No matter opinion ballot that has been given by sure national-level tv channels from Delhi or every other place, I at all times take that with a pinch of salt. Everyone knows these channels are all within the pocket of the BJP. All these wealthy capitalists are hand in gloves with (Narendra) Modi and BJP. So no matter they are saying I truly do not consider it. I consider in myself, I consider within the capability of my occasion. In Assam, we’re going to type a Congress-led authorities in one-and-half months from now.
We have now seen Congress making a powerful presence in Higher and Northern Assam till a month in the past however Himanta Biswa Sarma might need countered that wave by mounting large campaigns. Do you are concerned about dropping floor?
Basically, the Assamese individuals are very secular. The Assamese ethos could be very liberal and really inclusive. It’s a individual like Himanta Biswa Sarma who on behalf of the RSS from Nagpur is attempting to mainly divide the Assamese society into two spiritual polarisations. That has not gone down nicely with the Assamese folks. Within the first part particularly in Higher Assam many of the seats the place the individuals are going for votes, the BJP is attempting to construct a crescendo on this hype. The BJP has in reality gone into a brand new low of their political narrative which is essentially in opposition to the Assamese ethos. That’s the reason they can’t see the identical spiritual polarisation and this try to divide the Assamese society many times. The folks of Assam are going to reject it.
The Congress occasion has come up massive on social media with a rising presence on Twitter and Fb with themes like #KokaaiKiKoi, #BaadDiaHe and a brand new Twitter deal with @5Guarantee. How is it serving to?
Our marketing campaign has been designed in a really cohesive method. Social media performs a vital function. Evidently that social media reaches out to a really giant part of voters particularly the younger folks. So our social media has additionally been designed to really spotlight what we’re doing and the way we need to carry it ahead. We’re getting dividends for this cohesive method.
BJP has made no point out of the Citizenship (Modification) Act, 2019 and Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in its manifesto. Any touch upon that?
BJP is sort of a chameleon. They modify colors at any time when it fits them. The CAA has already been enacted however they’re saying various things in numerous states. For instance, they’re saying it is going to be applied in toto in West Bengal, in Tamil Nadu they’ve stated that it’s going to not be applied, in Assam they’re completely mum. It’s a very opportunistic stance of BJP. No matter fits them they need to do it to achieve political energy come what may. The BJP management is just like the fly-by-night operator. They are going to take something that may fetch them energy. Individuals can see by way of their recreation.
How a lot does the occasion miss Tarun Gogoi?
Clearly, Tarun Gogoi had been a cornerstone for the final 15-20 years. So, we’re positively lacking him however we aren’t feeling helpless. In any case, we skilled beneath him. I had been his colleague within the ministry. So we’re carrying ahead Tarun Gogoi’s legacy and we’re sufficiently skilled and skilled. Even when his insurance policies are omnipresent, we aren’t feeling helpless. We aren’t feeling like we won’t get it carried out ourselves. It’s not an issue for us.
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