Over 3,000 aspirants have submitted applications seeking BJP party tickets for the 126-member state assembly elections in Assam due in early 2016, union minister of state for sports welfare Sarbananda Sonowal said on Friday.
Briefing the media at the end of a two-day extended executive committee meeting of the BJP state unit, Sonowal, also the lone minister in the Modi government from Assam, described this as “a very good sign” that would enable the BJP to oust the Congress in the forthcoming assembly elections.
“Every leader, every office-bearer and member will go to the voters door-to-door to ensure that the Congress is ousted and a BJP government is elected in Assam in 2016,” Sonowal said.
State BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya on the other hand said the party would definitely win a majority in the next assembly elections. “We are not tying up with any other party. There is no need. We will put up candidates in each of the 126 assembly constituency and finally form the government,” Bhattacharyya said.
When asked for his assessment of the Congress party, Bhattacharyya said, “I don’t know how many seats the Congress will win. But one this is for sure, the Congress will fare more badly than it did during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”
Echoing similar enthusiasm, Guwahati MP and veteran BJP leader Bijoya Chakravarty said the people were already getting restless to oust the Congress. “The people are getting restless to defeat the Congress and install a BJP government in the state,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday hit back at senior BJP leader and national general secretary Ram Madhav for calling the Tarun Gogoi government a “jhooth-loot ka sarkar.” Reacting to Madhav’s allegation, state Congress spokesperson Ripun Bora asked the BJP leader to first ask Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje why they had helped Lalit Modi.