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Congress Confident Of Getting Majority In Assam Assembly Polls

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GUWAHATI: Congress today ruled out possibility of any pre-poll alliance with any party and said it will contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in Assam on its own and is confident of getting majority.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Anjan Dutta said that All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) was spreading rumours that an alliance has been formed between the two parties to gain votes in the name of Congress’ goodwill.

“We will contest in all 126 seats. As of today, we will get majority by winning over 70 seats. So there is no question of forming any alliance with any party and we will contest the polls on our own,” Mr Dutta said at a press conference in Guwahati.

He said AIUDF was spreading rumours that an alliance has been formed between the two parties.

“It has become sure that AIUDF will not get even eight seats in the upcoming elections. So its chief Badruddin Ajmal is spreading lies about the alliance and wants to gain votes in the name of Congress. They want to leverage on our goodwill,” Mr Dutta said.

Asked about any possibility of post-poll alliance, he said, “We do not need it”.

But, if there is a need and if there is a change in the ideology and principle (of AIUDF), then we will see at that time, he added.

Mr Dutta said the party was open to have an understanding with non-communal parties to “defeat the communal forces like BJP”.

Regarding candidature for the poll, he said three existing legislators have informed him in writing that they would not contest elections in 2016.

PTI

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