Guwahati: As Assam readies for the second phase of polls on Monday, covering 61 constituencies, political parties in the state have been busy in every way.
All India United Democratic Front Chief Badruddin Ajmal whose family is in the business of perfumes is well-known as perfume king is now pitching himself as the kingmaker.
Ajmal said, “If a ‘chaiwala’ can become a prime minister, why can’t a perfume baron who has business in 27 countries be a kingmaker.”
The AIUDF chief wanted a grand alliance like Bihar in Assam but CM Tarun Gogoi was not interested.
“Wanted a grand alliance like Bihar in Assam. Nitish ji and Prashant Kishore ji even tried but CM Gogoi didn’t let it happen,” ANI quoted Ajmal as saying.
His party will play a vital role in government formation after the polls. “I won’t say how many seats we will win but nobody will form the government without us,” Mr Ajmal told NDTV.
Just 10 years old only, AIUDF has the largest following among Muslims who make up 34 % of Assam’s population.