An agreement on the allotment of seats between the BJP and its allies, the Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberals (UPPL), was finalized on Wednesday in view of the upcoming Assam Assembly elections. It will be published on a formal basis on Thursday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, State BJP President Ranjit Das, AGP President and State Minister Atul Bohra, UPPL chief Pramod Boro, BJP leader and minister at the Prime Minister’s meeting on Wednesday.
We are devising methods and tomorrow formal formal alliance will be announced. pic.twitter.com/shDCGMcsY6
– Himanta Biswa Sharma (im Himantabiswa) March 3, 2021
After the meeting, Sharma tweeted that a delegation of senior leaders, including Atum Bohra president Atul Bora, Bodo Regional Council Pramod Boro, had met Amit Shah and Nadda in New Delhi this evening. He said work on the alliance’s methods would be published in a formal forum on Thursday.
Meanwhile, according to Seat Synergy, the AGP could get 25 seats and the UPPL 12 seats, sources said. The AGP won 14 seats in the last assembly election. UPPL has recently been part of an alliance with the BJP. Currently, it does not have one member in the assembly.
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The BJP won 60 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections. She will field her candidates for the remaining seats. There are 126 seats in the Assam assembly. In the last election, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) allied with the BJP and the AGP and won 12 seats. The BPF has an agreement with the Congress and the AIUDF in this election.
After a joint meeting at Shah’s residence, BJP leaders met separately at Nadda’s residence to discuss the names of the candidates. The BJP’s central election committee will be brainstorming on its first list of candidates on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the meeting.
Voting will take place in Assam from March 27 to April 6 in three stages. The first phase will be held on March 27 for 47 seats, the second phase on April 1 for 39 seats, and the third and final stage on April 6 for 40 seats. The deadline for the nomination is March 9.
Majuli and Bokakhat assembly seats are the most important seats to be voted in the first phase. If Sonowal is the legislator of Majuli, the AG of the Bora Bokakhat of AGP.
This time BJP has the challenge of retaining its power in Assam. There they face a coalition of Congress and AIUDF. The BJP secured power for the first time in a northeastern state that ended 10 years of Congress rule in the last assembly elections.