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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP to contest 11 seats in Assam, AGP two and UPPL one

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The BJP has nine MPs in the outgoing Lok Sabha from the state, while the AGP and UPPL have no representation. The Congress holds three seats and the AIUDF one, while another is with an independent candidate.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Guwahati Updated on: February 29, 2024 22:23 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE) Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP to contest 11 seats in Assam, AGP two and UPPL one.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 11 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in Assam, leaving three for its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today (February 29).

The AGP will contest from Barpeta and Dhubri, while UPPL will field its candidate in Kokrajhar. The allies will support each other's candidates in all the 14 constituencies, Sarma said.

"Yesterday, BJP state chief Bhabesh Kalita and I had a meeting with our national president JP Nadda, Union Home minister Amit Shah and our national general secretary BL Santosh, during which the seat-sharing was discussed," he told at a press conference at the party headquarters.

He said UPPL had requested for the Kokrajhar seat, which the BJP agreed to.

"The AGP, which has its base across the state, wanted more seats. But, I conveyed to them the request of our central leadership to contest from two seats this time, and they have obliged us," the CM said.

"Of the total 14 seats, we are optimistic of winning 11," he said.

The BJP has nine MPs in the outgoing Lok Sabha from the state, while the AGP and UPPL have no representation. The Congress holds three seats and the AIUDF one, while another is with an independent candidate.

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Sarma said the BJP's parliamentary board will finalise the list of its party candidates, adding that no report card is taken from the sitting MPs and candidates are decided through open discussion.

He said that some sitting MPs have expressed the desire not to contest polls and rather devote more time to party activities, and hence, few new faces could be expected. Asked about purported tussle between Congress MPs Pradyut Bordoloi and Gaurav Gogoi over Nagaon constituency, Sarma said, "The Nagaon seat has been fragmented due to delimitation. Who contests from there for the Congress is for the party to decide."

Bordoloi currently holds the Nagaon seat, while Gogoi represents neighbouring Kaliabor, a major portion of which has become part of newly-created Kaziranga constituency post-delimitation. On the projection of Nagaon as a minority-dominated seat, the CM said, "It should not be called so. It is the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva (Vaishnavite saint). I don't want to defame a place which is sacred for us.".

"We shouldn't brand a place as majority or minority-dominated one," he added.

In Nagaland, the BJP will support its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) candidate, Sarma said. In Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, discussions are underway, the NEDA convenor added.

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