Congress announces 26 candidates for second phase of Assam Assembly poll

March 11, 2021 | Updated 10:50 am

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The All India Congress Committee announced the list of 26 candidates for the second phase of the Assembly poll in Assam on Wednesday (March 10). As per the party notification, Congress has so far fielded 26 candidates for the second phase poll which will be contested over 39 seats on April 1.

Ahead of the poll, AICC has also appointed Mohan Prakash and Jayadev Jena as All India Congress Committee (AICC ) observers for the upcoming assembly elections in Assam. The list comes after Assam Pradesh Congress Committee’s (APCC) general secretary Kalyan Gogoi quit the party after he was denied a ticket for the Sivasagar constituency. Assam’s main opposition party had on Saturday (March 6) released the first list of 40 candidates for the upcoming poll.

The party had issued the second list of three candidates for the Titabor, Dhakuakhana and Naoboicha assembly constituencies, on Sunday (March 7). The party released a total of 43 candidates for the first phase of the Assam Assembly poll out of 47 seats.

On March 9, several Congress workers ‘gheraoed’ the party’s headquarters in Guwahati to express their displeasure to share seats with Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front. AIUDF is a partner in ‘Mahajath’, the grand alliance led by Congress and constitutes Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) the CPI(M), CPI, CPI-ML and the Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM).

While, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal has maintained that the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Assam has only one aim in the upcoming assembly elections in Assam – to ensure the loss of BJP. “In our alliance, seat sharing is not an issue. We have a one-point program, only one target which is to ensure BJP’s farewell from Assam,” said Ajmal on Friday (March 5).

Slamming the Centre, he added that Mahagathbandhan will help the deprived tea garden workers and solve the CAA, NRC issues forever if they assume power after the Assembly polls.

Polling to elect 126 MLAs to the 15th legislative assembly is scheduled to take place from March. The three-phase election for the 126-member Assam Assembly will begin on March 27 and will end on April 6, and the results will be announced on May 2.

(With inputs from ANI)