Because the Congress’s senior observer for Assam, what’s your evaluation of the get together’s probabilities within the state?
I’m assured that the Congress and the alliance led by it would kind the federal government in Assam. Individuals had given an opportunity to the BJP-led alliance for 5 years however they may not ship. As a substitute of 1, there are two Chief Ministers – ek naam ka dusre kaam ka (one for work, the opposite simply in title). Persons are questioning who the Chief Minister is? They didn’t handle any of the problems primarily based on which they got here to energy. The persons are feeling dejected and considering they made a mistake. They’d promised to construct expressways alongside the Brahmaputra river. They’d promised that Bangladesh border can be sealed. They’d promised that the every day wages of tea backyard staff can be elevated however didn’t do it. They don’t do what they are saying. These are massive points on which they’ve performed nothing. And as a substitute, they’ve began to run a syndicate. They search votes within the title of cow however cattle smuggling is rampant within the state.
They’ve made (Sarbananda) Sonowal the Chief Minister. However he doesn’t have a lot say in issues. Himanta (Biswa Sarma) is operating the present. So there’s a lot scrimmage there. It will have an effect on the elections as nicely. Our marketing campaign is advancing easily and strongly. You might have seen how events just like the Bodoland Individuals’s Entrance have left the BJP alliance and joined us. We’re very robust on the floor degree. These are clearly constructive indicators.
Why has the Congress put a lot give attention to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in its marketing campaign?
See, it’s in regards to the satisfaction (asmita) of Assam. They’ve been waging a battle towards it. Individuals really feel the CAA will influence them and threaten their very existence. Protests towards the Citizenship (Modification) Act had began from Assam. Keep in mind the summit assembly between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister (Shinzo Abe), which was to be held in Guwahati (in December 2019), needed to be cancelled due to the protests. So, there’s huge sentiment towards the CAA.
However there’s a sentiment in favour of the CAA as nicely within the Barak valley area of Assam.
There may be little little bit of sentiment. However we must make them perceive.
Why don’t you might have a chief ministerial candidate?
Has the BJP introduced that it’s projecting the incumbent chief minister as its CM face? Is the BJP combating the election below his management? Have they introduced that the election can be led below the management of (Sarbananda) Sonowal?
The Congress usually doesn’t mission a chief ministerial face the place it isn’t in energy. In such states, we struggle the election collectively and after elections the MLAs and the excessive command resolve who would be the Chief Minister. No one was projected in Chhattisgarh. There could be uncommon exceptions like within the case of Punjab the place Amarinder Singh was projected.
The Congress has entered into an alliance with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF in Assam and Furfura Sharif Abbas Siddiqui’s ISF in West Bengal. The BJP has attacked you for the tie-ups…
I’ll speak about Assam as a result of I’ve been made an observer for the state. In Assam, there’s a multi-party alliance, together with the CPM, CPI and the AIUDF. It isn’t proper to say that now we have entered into an alliance with Ajmal alone. Now, BPF has additionally joined us, after leaving the BJP. So, now we have tried to make sure that there is no such thing as a vote division.
However questions are being raised by your individual leaders. Senior Congress chief Anand Sharma has mentioned alliance with events such because the ISF and different such forces “militates towards the core ideology of the get together.”
See, he has not been given any accountability in West Bengal. He shouldn’t say something relating to Bengal. The individuals who have been given obligations like (AICC in-charge) Jitin Prasada and others…they need to speak… If he’s speaking in his capability as a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), then he ought to elevate the problem within the CWC. That’s the platform…not by media or publicly.
You might be sharing energy with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, you might have an alliance with the AIUDF in Assam and the ISF in West Bengal…
I’ve been given the cost of Assam solely. In Maharashtra, we fought the election individually. However the scenario which emerged (after elections)…we needed to take a choice in view of the scenario. It was a choice which we made relying on the scenario.
How will the end result of those Meeting elections influence nationwide politics?
Let the outcomes come…solely then will we be capable to say one thing. However one factor is obvious…the BJP will not be going to get something. They’ll lose seats in Assam, they may anyway get nothing in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and in Bengal they’re making an attempt desperately. They may not even fill the Brigade Floor on Sunday (March 7). The Prime Minister’s rally was a flop present. It’s mentioned that those that handle to fill Brigade Floor sit in Writers’ Constructing. The Left and Congress rally was a lot greater and we stuffed the bottom with individuals.
In Tamil Nadu, the DMK gave solely 25 seats to the Congress, down from 41 final time. In Bengal, the Congress couldn’t get even a single further seat from what it had contested final time. The Congress’s strike price in Bihar was fairly poor. Are regional events now seeing the Congress as a baggage?
The scenario is totally different in each state, and choices are taken primarily based on the scenario within the state. The management of Bihar will evaluation the get together’s efficiency however it’s clear that the RJD votes didn’t switch to us due to which we suffered losses, and so they couldn’t kind the federal government. Had there been switch of votes…the scenario would have been totally different. The Congress has allies in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu…even in Bihar regardless that the votes didn’t get transferred, there was an alliance.
The farmers’ protest has accomplished 100 days. Why has the problem not figured a lot in your marketing campaign to this point?
We’re elevating the problem. I’ve spoken about it in Assam. Rahul Gandhi speaks about it. However which a part of our speeches will get highlighted by the media…that’s not in our palms.