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Congress fear mounts over PM’s Rajya Sabha re-election

Guwahati, May 25 (): Though the Congress leaders earlier have expressed confidence of a definite win for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the contest for two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam which is going to poll on May 30, it has now issued an order to all its MLAs to make their presence in the state capital a day before the election for the two seats on May 30 and vote successfully for Singh and the party’s other candidate- tribal leader Santiuse Kujur.

To make sure that all MLAs favour the Prime Minister and Kujur, the Congress has now decided to make all the legislators to show their ballot papers with their choice of candidates to the party’s election agent at the polling booth.

The party has given a strict order to all its MLAs to vote for the two Congress candidates without fail, said a party leader who also added saying that it would be a one-line whip asking all MLAs of Congress to be present on May 29 at the state’s capital Dispur to take part in the Rajya Sabha elections the next day.

Meanwhile Prime Minister’s election agent and parliamentary affairs minister Nilamani Sen Deka, said that the main aim of the party has been aligned to give AIUDF a crushing defeat. The Congress which has 79 members in the 126-member assembly is in need of 43 votes each for Singh and Kujur for a win. The party is also expected to approach all Independent MLAs and request them to favour Mr Singh.

After the UPA ally the All India United Democratic Party which fielded a candidate for the RS polls, trouble started for the Congress as its two candidates including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have to fight the battle of ballots to win, said sources.

As per the Election Commission’s May 13 notification, election process will be completed before June 3, said sources.