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RJD Joins Congress-Led Grand Alliance in Assam | India News


NEW DELHI: The Congress-led “Grand Alliance” in Assam received a boost on Tuesday when the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) formally joined the opposition group.
The RJD will contest a seat in the first phase of the next assembly elections in the state on March 27.
RJD Assam President Shonarul Shah Mustafa confirmed the development, saying “talks are ongoing between the central leaders of RJD and Congress to finalize the seat sharing agreement for the second and third phase of the vote.”
The RJD will contest the Tinsukia constituency and has introduced Hira Devi Choudhury. Tinsukia has a large number of people who speak Hindi.
RJD is the eighth party to join the Grand Alliance, which already includes: Congress, AIUDF, Bodoland Popular Front (BPF), CPI, CPM, CPI (ML) and Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM).
It was formed to fight the upcoming 126-member assembly elections against the BJP-led NDA.
Of the 47 seats where voting will take place in the first phase, Congress will contest 43 electoral districts. AIUDF, CPI (ML), AGM and RJD will fight in the other four seats, Sharma said.
39 assembly seats will go to the polls in the second phase on April 1 and 40 electoral districts will vote on April 6 in the third phase.
(With PTI inputs)

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