The Congress wants to leave only 38 seats for its alliance partners, a senior Congress leader with details of the seat-sharing discussions said on condition of anonymity.
This Congress leader said that the party wants Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF to contest 20 seats, the Bodoland People’s Front to contest 11 seats, four seats for the three Left parties, two seats for the Anchalik Gana Morcha and one for the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
The Congress is leading Mahajut, a grand alliance with six other constituents including the AIUDF, the CPI (M), the CPI, the CPI (M-L), the Anchalik Gana Morcha and the Bodoland People’s Front which joined the alliance recently. It has set an ambitious target of winning 101 seats even as an opinion poll claimed that the NDA will come back to power.
Meanwhile, leaders of the BPF and the AIUDF told EastMojo that they are hopeful of getting more seats in the final seat-sharing agreement than what Congress is offering them.
“The chemistry is there, but the arithmetic still needs to be done,” a senior AIUDF leader said, adding that the deal could be sealed later today. “We may like to contest 32-35 seats. But we know that’s not practical. We are hopeful that we will get to contest at least 26 seats,” this leader said, adding that there is a possibility of ‘friendly contests’ in four to five constituencies.
The AIUDF contested 73 seats and won 13 seats in the 2016 polls.
A senior BPF leader said that the party is certain to contest 12 seats where it has its MLAs. “In seats like Bhabanipur, where there are a sizeable number of voters from the Bodo community, the BPF will campaign and request them to vote for Congress or AIUDF,” this leader said.
A senior Anchalik Gana Morcha leader confirmed that the party is likely to contest on only two seats.
Assam will go to polls in three phases from March 27 to April 6.