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2018 panchayat polls: Ticket allotment to be decentralised: BJP
 GUWAHATI, Nov 24 - The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has drawn up a strategy to delegate more authority to its mandal and district committees in selection of candidates for the forthcoming panchayat polls and the saffron party has also made it clear that there will be no State-level alliances with any other outfit.

Senior BJP leaders told The Assam Tribune today that the target is to defeat three ‘Cs’ – Congress, Communists and communal forces – and for that some local level tactical adjustments with parties like the AGP may be made by mandal units.

Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that decentralisation in selection of candidates as well as formulation of local level strategies will be the mantra for the polls.

“There have been reports that we may still opt for alliances. Let me make it clear that there is no question of any formal alliance. Our steering committee has already decided that we will contest the polls on our own, and 295 of our total 303 mandal committees have also stated that they do not prefer to fight the polls as part of any alliance,” Dass told this newspaper.

He added, “However, if any mandal committee thinks that there is a need for some local level adjustments we may approve such proposals.”

A meeting of all State MLAs and MPs, as well as senior organisational leaders of the party will be held on December 1 where such local level alliances are likely to be approved.

“That same day we will also appoint the in-charge persons for all the 2,202 gaon panchayats,” said Dass. BJP sources said on condition of anonymity that while all the NDA constituents would contest the panchayat polls separately, all efforts would be made to ensure that there is no division of votes which may benefit the Congress and AIUDF.

All units of the saffron party have been directed by the State leadership to find consensus candidates to avoid dissidence and rebellion during ticket distribution.

Meanwhile, the saffron party also alleged that the Congress and AIUDF have joined hands to destabilise the government in the run-up to the panchayat polls.

“Their strategy is clear. While AIUDF is inciting people in the minority-dominated lower Assam districts in the name of NRC, the Congress is doing the same in upper Assam on the issue of Nagalim. They want to create a situation where the State government is forced to divert resources to deal with law-and-order problems, instead of focusing on developmental issues,” said State BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia.

Saikia added, “Our focus this time is to defeat the three ‘Cs’ of Congress, Communists and the communal forces represented by the AIUDF. If panchayat polls are held today, we will emerge victorious in 80 per cent of the seats.”

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