GUWAHATI: Assam’s chief Opposition party, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), has spurned CM and the senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi’s overtures for an alignment with it in the next Assembly elections, due in 2016.
“The CM made a statement and every person has the right to do so. He made it based on the position of his party. However, there is no change in our stand. We will follow an equidistance policy towards the Congress and BJP,” AIUDF leader and Lok Sabha MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, said on Monday.
“We won’t have any friendship with the Congress and the BJP,” he clarified. Asked if the AIUDF will join the much-talked-about Third Front, Ajmal said his party would consider it if the Front happens to be an alternative for the Congress and BJP.
Recently, the state’s influential peasants’ body, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, had asserted that it was considering floating a political party and constituting a Third Front to keep the Congress and the BJP at bay. Within hours of the announcement, it got support from the Asom Gana Parishad and some other organisations.