Assam Assembly Election 2021: Congress not a divided home, will defeat BJP this time, says Pradyut Bordoloi
The BJP has in actual fact gone into a new low of their political narrative which is essentially in opposition to the Assamese ethos, says Congress chief and MP Pradyut Bordoloi
With lower than 24 hours to go for the primary section of voting in 47 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Assam, the thrill resulting in the start of the political battle is growing by the minute. Not like 2016, BJP does not have the advantages of a Narendra Modi this time. There are elements on the bottom just like the anti-CAA sentiments that, though diluted, can nonetheless set off an anti-incumbency temper. As such the Congress has regrouped strongly in the previous few months selecting up strategic companions, hiding inner variations and embarking on a huge social media drive.
Congress MP from Nowgong Pradyut Bordoloi, who’s on the forefront of campaigning together with different celebration leaders, in a freewheeling chat with GadgetClock, explains why the celebration is healthier ready to tackle the BJP this time regardless of the ruling celebration’s campaigning blitzkrieg.
Edited excerpts comply with:
As earlier than, BJP is projecting its growth plant as its USP to hunt votes. How satisfied are you?
The event plank of BJP has been a farce as a result of although they speak about growth they’re not passing the event plank in the correct earnest. As an alternative of that, they know they’ve failed on all fronts be it job creation, mitigating the plight of the widespread folks or these elementary points that contact the lives of widespread folks. That’s the reason they’re very afraid of going to the folks with a growth plank or speaking about growth solely.
To camouflage their failure what they’re doing is that they’ve taken up their final weapon that’s to polarise folks and bringing in a spiritual sentiment. Actually, it’s a disgrace that these points — the two-nation principle that has been buried in India 75 years in the past, the BJP have introduced it out of their politics in Assam. Now they’re attempting to propagate the idea simply to polarise the society in Assam and to rupture and destroy the social cloth that has been painstakingly constructed by generations of Assamese Congress leaders.
BJP calls Congress’ alliance with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF “unholy” and dangerous for Assam. What do you must say on that?
That is additionally a very laughable accusation of them. They themselves have an alliance with AIUDF. Even at this time three Zila Parishads in Assam like Nagaon, Darrang are being run by an alliance of AIUDF and BJP. Prior to now additionally, they joined fingers with AIUDF for placing up a widespread candidate into the Rajya Sabha. There are a lot of such situations. However at this time after we fashioned the grand alliance with AIUDF as one of many 9 progressive political events and others like CPM, CPI, CPI-ML, BPF, Anchalik Gana Parishad, their opposition to it is extremely ridiculous. They’re simply attempting to make use of Ajmal as a punching bag to additional their spiritual polarisation politics. The folks of Assam are rejecting this sort of accusation.
Of late, Congress appears to have stopped washing its soiled linen in public at the very least throughout campaigning. Is that strategic?
I believe Congress is not a divided home. Could also be at instances previously because of weak management points there was a sense of indiscipline however credit score goes to Jitendra Singh who has taken over as the final secretary. He has introduced everyone on board with equal respect and equal standing. And as it’s as senior leaders of the celebration, we’re all accountable. We now have the expertise and everyone knows that we will need to work unitedly to defeat the BJP. We’re completely united and we’re preventing the BJP. And we’re successful the election this time.
If Congress regains energy, will we see an MP taking cost because the chief minister of the state?
It’s untimely to say something like this. Our major and most important intention is to defeat the BJP within the state as a result of we essentially imagine that the BJP’s rule has been ruining the social cloth of Assam. It’s upon us to revive the social cloth of Assam. We should cease the BJP juggernaut. We now have to revive the Axomiyatwyo of the state of Assam.
Many opinion polls are claiming that BJP will retain energy in Assam though with a lesser majority than 2016. What do you must say on that?
No matter opinion ballot that has been given by sure national-level tv channels from Delhi or some other place, I all the time take that with a pinch of salt. Everyone knows these channels are all within the pocket of the BJP. All these wealthy capitalists are hand in gloves with (Narendra) Modi and BJP. So no matter they are saying I truly do not imagine it. I imagine in myself, I imagine within the capability of my celebration. In Assam, we’re going to type a Congress-led authorities in one-and-half months from now.
We now have seen Congress making a sturdy presence in Higher and Northern Assam till a month in the past however Himanta Biswa Sarma might need countered that wave by mounting huge campaigns. Do you are worried about shedding floor?
Essentially, the Assamese individuals are very secular. The Assamese ethos could be very liberal and really inclusive. It’s a particular person like Himanta Biswa Sarma who on behalf of the RSS from Nagpur is attempting to principally divide the Assamese society into two spiritual polarisations. That has not gone down properly with the Assamese folks. Within the first section particularly in Higher Assam a lot of the seats the place the individuals are going for votes, the BJP is attempting to construct a crescendo on this hype. The BJP has in actual fact gone into a new low of their political narrative which is essentially in opposition to the Assamese ethos. That’s the reason they can’t see the identical spiritual polarisation and this try and divide the Assamese society repeatedly. The folks of Assam are going to reject it.
The Congress celebration has come up large on social media with a rising presence on Twitter and Fb with themes like #KokaaiKiKoi, #BaadDiaHe and a new Twitter deal with @5Guarantee. How is it serving to?
Our marketing campaign has been designed in a very cohesive method. Social media performs a crucial position. For sure that social media reaches out to a very giant part of voters particularly the younger folks. So our social media has additionally been designed to truly spotlight what we’re doing and the way we need to carry it ahead. We’re getting dividends for this cohesive strategy.
BJP has made no point out of the Citizenship (Modification) Act, 2019 and Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in its manifesto. Any touch upon that?
BJP is like a chameleon. They alter colors every time it fits them. The CAA has already been enacted however they’re saying various things in several states. For instance, they’re saying it will be applied in toto in West Bengal, in Tamil Nadu they’ve mentioned that it will not be applied, in Assam they’re completely mum. It’s a very opportunistic stance of BJP. No matter fits them they need to do it to realize political energy one way or the other. The BJP management is just like the fly-by-night operator. They will take something that will fetch them energy. Individuals can see by their sport.
How a lot does the celebration miss Tarun Gogoi?
Clearly, Tarun Gogoi had been a cornerstone for the final 15-20 years. So, we’re positively lacking him however we’re not feeling helpless. In spite of everything, we skilled beneath him. I had been his colleague within the ministry. So we’re carrying ahead Tarun Gogoi’s legacy and we’re sufficiently skilled and skilled. Even when his insurance policies are omnipresent, we’re not feeling helpless. We’re not feeling like we will not get it carried out ourselves. It’s not a drawback for us.
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