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GUWAHATI: BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday that any “lobbying” before Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Interior Minister Amit Shah is worthless and will be governed by their decision on whether the current chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, he or any third person will head the ruling alliance if he retains power in Assam.
Seen as a strong probability for the post of prime minister after the BJP decided not to name its candidate for the highest seat, Sarma also framed the electoral contest between the combined saffron and the Congress-AIUDF alliance as part of the “civilizational conflict.” between the Assamese and ‘Miya’ Cultures in the state.
Congress and then the All Assam Student Union and Asom Gana Parishad fought to save this identity before, and now the BJP is fighting to protect native culture, he said.
AIUDF head Badruddin Ajmal symbolizes the conflict of civilizations, he told PTI in an interview, adding that this fighting has been going on in Assam since the days of the contest between Congress and the Muslim League in the 1930s, and the Assamese people have to keep fighting. to maintain their living space, or else they will be “eaten”.
When asked about the BJP’s decision not to screen any CM candidates, Sarma said that only the central leadership can answer questions on the matter, noting that it had announced that it would not contest the assembly polls to dispel any confusion about its position in first place, but changed his mind. after the party told him.
To a question about his chief ministerial ambition, he said: “What difference does it make even if I have ambitions. If PM and Amit bhai decide that I will not be (CM), then I can become one? On things that do not bring benefits. In the end of the day, I have to follow what PM and Amit bhai decide. I have to follow what they say without question. So why should I put my mind to that?
“Any lobbying the Prime Minister and Amit bhai is worthless. They know everyone and have everyone’s horoscope. If they feel that Himanta Biswa Sarma is the right man for Assam, they will give it to me, if they feel that Sarbananda Sonowal is the right man. They will give it to them, or if they feel that both are not good, let’s bring someone else … Then tell me if it’s good even if I or Sarbananda Sonowal keep thinking about or give thousands of press interviews. ”
The BJP-led NDA, which won 86 seats in the 126-member assembly in 2016, will improve its tally “marginally” and the Saffron party “significantly” as this time it is fighting for more seats, he added.
The Congress-AIDUF alliance may cost the BJP around six seats in lower and central Assam, but the opposition will lose more seats in the upper and northern regions of the state as people are “crazy” to prevent Ajmal from reaching. to power, he said.
Sarma has been a member of the state assembly since 2001 and resigned from Congress in 2015 to join the BJP. He is seen as the most powerful minister in the Sonowal-led government and as someone who has played an important role in the rise of the saffron party throughout the Northeast region.
He stated that he and Sonowal have the best relationships and talk every morning.
Pointing to his former party, he said that Congress is no longer a cohesive organization, and affirmed that these elections will mark the “final downhill” path of the party whose footprint has shrunk considerably in recent years.
“A lot of people from Congress meet with me at my house. The party has sold all its A plus seats (with a high probability of winning). I can say that on the register because this is what people will say after the polls,” Sarma alleged.
Congress will lose six to seven of its strong seats due to its alliance with Ajmal, citing the example of the Nazira seat where, he suggested, opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, son of former prime minister Hiteswar Saikia, could lose.
Sarma said that if Congress had announced the alliance after the first phase, when elections would be held in 47 seats with a relatively low Muslim population, then it would have been a completely different ball game.
Pointing to Ajmal, he said, “Ajmal symbolizes the conflict of civilizations. The Ajmal era will end tomorrow and some other Ajmal will come. This fight will continue in Assam. This is a question of our identity. We have to keep fighting … You must see this. Regardless of what is happening between the right and the left in India, this is a completely different phenomenon that has nothing to do with national politics.
“In Assam these fights cannot be avoided. Our cultures are different and reconciliation is not easily possible.”
‘Miya’ in Assam is a reference for the majority of Bengali-speaking Muslims, who have a sizable presence in 30 to 40 assembly seats in the state. Ajmal, a member of the Lok Sabha, enjoys considerable influence over the community, and the BJP accuses him of protecting Bangladesh’s infiltrators and pushing their cultural and political agenda based on increasing their numbers throughout the decades.
Ajmal has often accused the BJP of pushing a false narrative against him, claiming that the saffron party has been doing it to polarize voters.
Although identity is a key pillar for the BJP, the party also strongly relies on the development work done by its government in the state, Sarma said, adding that Congress cannot counter its narrative by asking about roads and schools, since they have been built in large numbers as well.
The Assam government’s management of COVID-19 and its Orunodoi welfare scheme under which 22 lakh disadvantaged women receive 830 rupees a month have captured people’s imaginations, he said. The BJP has promised to increase the amount to 3,000 rupees and to bring 30 lakhs of women under its network if it is re-elected to power.
Voting for the three-phase assembly in Assam will take place on March 27, April 1 and April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2, along with those of four other assemblies from West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Times of India

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