GUWAHATI: With an aim to chalk out strategies ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls in Assam, a two-day conclave commenced in Dibrugarh on Thursday, bringing together 15 opposition parties in Assam.
Assam Congress president Bhupen Kumar Borah, a key participant in the conclave, disclosed that the meeting delved into discussions surrounding state-specific common minimum programmes of the opposition parties for next year’s general elections.
The United Opposition Forum Assam (UOFA), established in alignment with the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), is slated to finalise a “chargesheet against BJP” during the course of the two-day deliberations, as revealed by Borah.
Lurinjyoti Gogoi, the president of Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and the secretary of UOFA, expressed strong opinions about the current state of affairs in Assam.
“In Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is running a family-centric government. The old BJP members are not happy with the functioning of the government,” Gogoi told the press.
The 15-political party alliance, represented in the conclave, expressed optimism and enthusiasm after the conclusion of the first day’s proceedings.
Gogoi informed that the meeting provided a valuable platform for the participating parties to collaboratively devise strategies and countermeasures against the BJP.
Earlier on October 5, the UOFA had informed the press that they have decided to field a common candidate in each seat against the ruling BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls in Assam.
They said that they would be fielding a “united” candidate in each constituency against the Saffron party to “end the mis-governance and endless saga of corruption of the anti-public government”.
“We want to ensure that no vote division occurs in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections,” read a statement issued by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, an alliance partner in the forum, post a meeting of all the parties in Guwahati.
The United Opposition Forum Assam (UOFA) is a coalition comprising various political entities, including Congress, AJP, Raijor Dal, CPI(M), CPI, Jatiya Dal-Asom, NCP, RJD, Janata Dal (U), TMC, CPI(ML), AAP, AIFB, Shiv Sena (UT), and the Karbi Anglong-based All Party Hill Leaders Conference (APHLC).