CPI declares candidates for 2 Lok Sabha seats in Assam

The CPI has announced names of its candidates for two of Assam’s 14 Lok Sabha constituencies,even as its leaders are still engaged in forging a non-Congress....

Written by Express News Service | Guwahati | Published: February 10, 2009 11:57 pm

The CPI has announced names of its candidates for two of Assam’s 14 Lok Sabha constituencies,even as its leaders are still engaged in forging a non-Congress,non-BJP alliance in the state.

While the party named former Rajya Sabha member and MLA Drupad Borgohain and Bhogeswar Dutta for the Jorhat and Lakhimpur seats,the CPI is currently engaged in discussions with the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF),the CPI(M) and the NCP to float a third front in the state.

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP),which has entered into an alliance with the BJP on the other hand,has named sitting MPs Sarbananda Sonowal and Arun Kumar Sharma as its candidates for Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur,respectively. The regional party,however,is yet to settle its seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP.

The AGP and BJP are in a stalemate over which party would take the most prestigious Guwahati Lok Sabha seat in the elections. While the BJP is looking towards nominating national vice-president Bijoya Chakravarty for Guwahati,the AGP claim is that it had got more votes than the saffron party in the last Assembly polls in Guwahati.

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