March 3, 2021

Jailed Activist Akhil Gogoi Seeks United Opposition Candidate In Assam

GUWAHATI: A day after peasant leader and president of Raijor Dal in an open letter to opposition parties of the state said that he would not contest the ensuing state assembly polls if necessary, party members of Raijor Dal collected the nomination paper on his behalf for the Sivasagar constituency on Wednesday.

Gogoi who has been in judicial custody for over a year in a letter on Tuesday advocated fielding joint candidates against BJP’s in each constituency of the state to avoid vote division of anti-BJP voters. He said that if necessary he would not contests but all opposition parties must chalk a full-proof strategy to defeat BJP.

However, collecting the nomination papers on his behalf, Raijor Dal’s senior leader Dhaijjya Konwar said, “It’s confirmed that Akhil Gogoi will contest from Sivasagar and will have a landslide victory. People of Sivasagar want him to represent the constituency.”

Konwar added that Gogoi will submit the nomination papers within a day or two.

Earlier, Raijor Dal leaders said that they would join the ‘grand alliance’ led by Congress only if the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) walks out of it.

“We believe BJP and AIUDF are the two sides of the same coin. Both of them are fundamentalists. To defeat one fundamentalist force, we can’t take the support of another one. With AIUDF, Raijor Dal may consider joining hands with the grand alliance led by Congress,” the party’s senior member Bhasko De Saikia said.

Raijor Dal has already forged an alliance with Assam Jatiya Parishad, the regional front floated by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP).

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