GUWAHATI: Ahead of the Assam Assembly elections, Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the discussions about seat sharing with its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) are "99% complete."
"The discussions in regards to seat-sharing with UPPL & AGP are 99% done. Only discussions regarding half of the seats with the AGP are left, which cannot be decided here. If we go to Delhi after taking all the calls, they will ask us why we have gone there. The final decisions in this regard shall be taken in New Delhi with the upper committee
Asked about the rumours about him changing his Constituency from Jalukbari, Himanta said that he is oblivious about such reports. "Even I have heard about this from others only," Biswa Sarma said.
The AGP, which has 13 MLAs, is seeking to contest in as many as 40 Seats. Larger ally BJP, however, seems extremely reluctant to leave so many Seats to its ally. Even as the BJP has been accused of 'gobbling up' smaller parties in the state to strengthen itself, speculations are rife that the saffron party will leave no more than 10 Seats for its regional ally.
Winding up a brief discussion between the two parties yesterday, Biswa Sarma, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), said there was no discord between the two parties. “There is nothing sort of discord in the seat sharing issue. This is a democratic process. It’s natural for everybody to aspire. Everything will be finalised by Wednesday evening,” the influential minister said.
AGP working president Keshab Mahanta also said a final decision would be taken in Delhi on March 4. According to AGP veteran Brindaban Goswami, the BJP is yet to show "much interest" in the matter.
Some AGP leaders, however, remain optimistic about being 'allowed' to contest the elections by the BJP.
Today, sitting MLA Renupoma Rajkhowa said she’s "100% sure" of getting a party ticket to contest the elections from Teok.
On Friday last, the Election Commission of India announced that Assam will go to Assembly elections in three phases beginning March 27.
The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
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