No poll pact with Cong: Ajmal Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Jan 7 Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today made it clear that it had no plan to forge any electoral alliance with the ruling Congress, let alone its merging with the ruling party. The party has also decided to field its candidates in the nine Lok Sabha constituencies of Dhubri, Barpeta, Guwahati, Mangaldoi, Kaliabor, Nagaon, Tezpur, Silchar and Karimganj in the ensuing elections to the Lower House of the countrys Parliament.
Addressing a press conference here, AUDF president and leader of its Legislature Party Badruddin Ajmal alleged that the Congress was making a false propaganda campaign suggesting the likelihood of an electoral tie up with his party only to confuse the common people and thus to derive political benefits.
On the other hand, some Congress Ministers belonging to the minority community are panicked at the prospect of such a tie up and they are now making feverish pleas that the AUDF should merge with the Congress. In fact, they are indicating their willingness to join the AUDF. They are most welcome and doors of the AUDF are always open for them, Ajmal said.
He clarified that none of the AUDF leader had met Congress leader Ahmad Patel on the issue, nor the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh has made any such overture to facilitate an electoral tie-up between the AUDF and the Congress.
He informed the media persons that the AUDF had been holding discussions with the State units of the CPI, CPI-M and the NCP for the purpose of fighting the Lok Sabha polls unitedly. The next round of discussion with these parties is scheduled at 9pm of January 11.
Though the AUDF is for fielding its own candidates in the above nine Lok Sabha constituencies and going for adjustment for the rest five constituencies of the States 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, there may be some changes in this stance of the party. The party is not rigid in its stand, Ajmal said.
For, the party is ready to go for seat adjustment with the like-minded parties wherever they have the winning prospects, he said.
He also informed that he was willing to contest from Dhubri and Silchar Lok Sabha constituencies. But the party is yet to take any decision on it. For the Tezpur constituency, the party is fielding Lakshmi Orang, the girl who was disrobed during the November 2007 Beltola clash between the local residents and the agitating Adivasi youths on the issue of vandalism.
Though the party is close to the Samajwadi Party (SP), it is yet to become a member of the third front. Besides, the SP so far does not have its state committee in Assam, Ajmal said.