Peasants’ organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi on Monday said he would contest the next assembly polls in Assam.
According to reports, his organisation KMSS would soon start the groundwork for this purpose with the possible renaming of his political party or even the birth of a new one.
The Assembly election in Assam is scheduled to be held in 2021. Gogoi on March 20, 2015 floated a political party, Ganamukti Sangram, Assam, during the conference of KMSS at Diroi Rangoli Pathar at Moran in Sivasagar district. The party, however, refrained from contesting polls in the state.
Gogoi told a section of media that while he was not averse to having an alliance with like-minded forces to fight “fascist BJP”, he would prefer to create a third alternative excluding the Congress.
“We are going into electoral politics. We have had debates, within the KMSS and nationally, whether fascism could be resisted only by movements. We reached the understanding that without parliamentary politics, BJP’s communal fascism cannot be resisted,” Gogoi told a section of media in Guwahati.
The KMSS chief said he discussed the electoral move in the executive committee meeting of his organisation on December 28, the day after he was released from jail.
He said the party will focus on two aspects initially resisting “fascism” and expanding the political front across the state.
Gogoi was released from prison on December 27 after 105 days of his arrest under the National Security Act (NSA) and other charges including sedition.
The peasants’ leader was arrested on September 15 by the Dibrugarh Police for a speech in which he allegedly incited people to take up arms and other cases. The Gauhati High Court, however, quashed the cases against Gogoi.
On January 9, Gogoi addressed a rally in New Delhi which was led by Jignesh Mevani, the young firebrand legislator from Gujarat.