As election dates came nearby in states political turmoil is also raising up. Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said his party will be contesting the Assam Assembly elections not only to stop the BJP from getting a second term but also to expand the party’s footprints. The Election Commission on Friday announced a three-phase polls for Assam to be held on March 27 (47 seats spanning 12 districts), April 1 (39 seats in 13 districts) and April 6 (40 in 12 districts). Counting will take place on May 2.
Tejashwi, whose spirited campaign saw the Opposition’s Grand Alliance give a tough fight to the ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance in last year’s Bihar state polls, reached Guwahati on Friday evening. After visiting the Bhupen Hazarika memorial soon after landing, he met state Congress chief Ripun Bora. On Saturday, he met AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal and Ajit Bhuyan of the Anchalik Gana Morcha.
The leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly said the RJD wants to contest the Assembly elections “because” Assam was an important state, the “gateway” to the northeast, and it was “our” duty to raise the issues of the state and stand by it. The RJD has 22 district units in the state but they are “not” full-fledged units, party insiders said. If the RJD contests, the upcoming polls will be their first in the state. The “five per cent” Hindi-speaking population in the state Tejashwi was “banking” on has been mostly backing the BJP since 2014 while a small section is with the Congress and regional forces.