The voting for Assam elections may have just ended, but it seems horse-trading, or the fear of it, is already strong among political parties.
Though the Congress-led Grand Alliance is confident of forming the next government, their leaders clearly do not trust their own candidates.
Such is the fear of the BJP and its allies poaching from the Mahajut alliance that all the three major parties of the grand alliance, Congress, AIUDF and BPF are planning to shift their candidates out of Assam.
On Friday, the Congress reportedly shifted 20 of its candidates to Rajasthan, while 22 candidates of AIUDF have also moved out of Assam.
Sources said that both the parties lodged their candidates at Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur. All candidates will be kept outside Assam until the poll results are declared, sources added.
During their stay, the candidates will be given specific mobile phones so that they can’t be contacted by rival parties. On the other hand, though no candidate of Hagrama Mahilary led BPF have left the state till now, all of them were summoned to Kokrajhar on Friday.