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AIUDF to contest GMC polls
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 24 – The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) will put up candidates in 15 wards for the forthcoming polls to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the party will take up issues related to the poor condition of infrastructure in the city as its main electoral plank.

AIUDF general secretary Siddique Ali Thakuria, in a press release said that the opposition party will use the GMC polls to highlight what he termed as the “lackadaisical attitude” of the State government towards problems plaguing the largest city in Assam.

“We will out up our candidates in 15 wards. The party is fully prepared for the polls and during the campaign we will highlight the poor condition of roads, drains, footpaths and street lights and also raise issues related to artificial floods and problems of parking,” Thakuria said.

May 27 is the last date for filing of nominations. The GMC polls are scheduled for June 19 and voters will elect 31 ward councillors and 90 area sabha representatives. Counting of votes will be on June 24.

A senior AIUDF leader said among other places, the party will put up candidates in wards located in Hatigaon, Garigaon, Machkhowa, Dhirenpara, Panjabari and Satgaon localities. “As this will be our party’s first foray into the GMC elections, we are primarily concerned about creating our own niche. The list of our candidates will be declared by May 26. Regarding the remaining wards, we will decide later our strategy about whether to back the Congress or any other opposition party,” the leader said.

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