Guwahati: The AIUDF has made it clear that under no circumstances will it sever its alliance with the Congress in Assam. This ends speculation that the alliance could face a rift due to seat-sharing disagreements.
According to an AIUDF source, the alliance with the Congress has been approved by the All India Congress Committee with the approval of the top leadership of the AICC.
The alliance is based after a green signal was received from the Congress High Command. In the last Lok Sabha elections, the AIUDF, despite having sizeable minority voters did not field party candidates in Kaliabor, Mangaldai, Silchar and other constituencies. And this year, too, the AIUDF is ready to leave these seats to Congress.
The AIUDF source also confirmed that party president Badruddin Ajmal has been holding frequent discussions with the Congress leadership in New Delhi on all these issues.
The alliance was formed in Guwahati last month in the presence of four top leaders of the AICC, following a green signal from the Congress High Command.
Recently, Aminul Islam, MLA of the party, accused the Congress of taking a divisive stance on the issue of CAA and said that AIUDF would break the alliance if necessary.
In the wake of Islam’s remarks, Ajmal has asked him not to comment anything on the alliance in future. The AIUDF chief has instructed not only Islam but other party leaders and workers not to comment on the alliance.
According to a source the much-discussed seat-sharing and the issue of the alliance will be finalized in New Delhi and the meeting will be chaired by AICC top brass.
It is to be noted that Ajmal has not yet attended the meetings of the grand alliance held in Guwahati. Ajmal sent his party’s general secretaries as his representatives to the meetings.
In other words, Ajmal is leading the way of the alliance, however, it is up to the Congress party to decide on how many seats they will give up, or even leave the seats they hold to AIUDF.