Assam Congress Ripun Bora Bhupen Borah

The Congress has decided to go solo in the assembly by-polls in Assam, state party president Bhupen Kumar Borah said on Monday.

He said that the party has decided to field its own candidates in the six seats, which will go to by-polls.

The election is likely to take place by the end of this year.

Bora said the party wants to regain the lost ground in the constituencies that were offered to alliance partners before the assembly elections held earlier this year.

Five assembly seats are now lying vacant due to deaths and resignations of MLAs while another legislator who became a Union minister is yet to quit his membership in the House.

“Due to the alliance, our organisation became weak in many areas like the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). Our cadres got demotivated in those constituencies where we did not contest. We need to strengthen those seats,” Borah told reporters in Guwahati.

In order to enthuse the ground workers and strengthen the party organisation keeping in mind the Lok Sabha polls in 2024 and the assembly elections in 2026, the Congress will fight the by-polls alone, he added.

In the 126-member Assam Assembly, byelections will take place in six seats — Mariani, Thowra, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Gossaigaon and Majuli.

Two MLAs of the Congress and one of the AIUDF have joined the BJP and resigned from the assembly.

One legislator each of the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) passed away.

The sixth seat is likely to fall vacant when former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal resigns as he has joined the Union Cabinet as a minister.

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