The six-month-old Assam Janata Parishad (AJP) has named its president Lurinjyoti Gogoi as the party’s candidate for Duliajan assembly constituency in eastern Assam.
Its general secretary Jagdish Bhuyan, who left the BJP under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in December 2019, will contest from Sadiya, where the Brahmaputra begins.
The AJP was launched in September 2020 by members of the influential Assam student union, of which Mr. Gogoi was the general secretary, and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad. The party was a result of the anti-CAA movement in Assam and sought to give the state a new brand of regionalism, which was borne by the Asom Gana Parishad – the same organizations – allegedly surrendering to its ally BJP Had given.
“We have announced candidates for 18 seats. Candidates from other constituencies will be named soon, ”said Mr. Bhuyan, dismissing reports of a rift with another new party, the Raizore Dal, formed by the group and allied organizations of jailed rights activist Akhil Gogoi.
He refused to comment on the idea of a jailed worker saying that many opposition coalitions would help the BJP and its allies retain power in Assam. “We cannot comment on the views of any other party or person. We do not feel so weak, ”he said.
Apart from Duliajan and Sadia, the AJP will contest from Sarupathar, Dhemaji, Khumtai, Dhekiajuli, Rangpara, Dhing, Batadrav, Dergaon, Nazira, Thora, Bihoria, Dibrugarh, Mariani, Tinsukia, Dhakukhana and Margherita.
The second major party led by the Congress is the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). Mazahot Or the Grand Alliance said that it will contest 24 seats. The party will contest independents in 21 seats, and will have a friendly fight with coalition partners in three.
AIUDF seats on which elections will be contested Mahajot Include 14 won in 2016 and a by-election later. These are Abhayapuri (South), Alagapur, Babnipur, Bilasipara (East), Dhing, Dhubri, Gauripur, Hailakandi, Jaleshwar, Jamunmukh, Janiya, Karimganj (South), Katlicherra and Noboicha.
A constituent of the eight party, the Anchal Gana Morcha Mahajot, Will field two candidates – Lachit Bordoloi from Batdrav and Manjit Mahant from Dispur.
The Grand Alliance has offered two seats to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and one seat each to the CPI and CPI (Marxist-Leninist). These are Rangia and Sorbhog, Morigaon and Bihali.
The Congress and the Bodoland People’s Front, which are seeking at least 12 seats, are yet to announce their candidates.