Assam, March 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda on Tuesday released the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in Assam polls today. Nadda released the election document in Guwahati.
The ruling BJP is campaigning aggressively to retain power in the state. The saffron party won for the first time here in 2016 by dethroning the Congress.
It was also the party’s first win in any northeastern state. The party has set a target of winning 100 plus seats in the 126-member House this election.
The BJP is contesting elections in an alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL). As per the seat-sharing pact, the BJP will field candidates from 92 seats while the AGP and UPPL will enter the fray from 26 and 8 seats.
Senior BJP leaders including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his deputy Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP in-charge of state Jay Panda and central leaders have already begun a whirlwind campaign to highlight the government’s achievements in the last five years.
The outcome of the Assam polls which will have an impact on the entire Northeast will be a big test for the BJP which is expecting to continue making gains through the Modi government’s “east policy“.
As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India, the Assembly election is scheduled to be held in the northeastern from March 27 to April 6 in three phases. Assam BJP Manifesto. The first phase on March 27 will cover 47 seats.
The second phase on April 1 will cover 39 seats and the third phase on April 6 will cover 40 seats. Results will be declared on May 2. The tenure of the 126 members House will expire on May 31.
In the previous elections held in 2016, the BJP-led had secured 80 seats. The Congress won 26 seats. The party ruled the states in 2001 under the leadership of Tarun Gogoi. The AIUDF of Badruddin Ajmal had pocketed 13 seats.