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Parties search for alliance partners

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, Apr 20 (UNI) Hectic parleys are on among the political parties in Asom for alliance partners even as the election results were expected on May 11.

Congress, which won in 71 constituencies in 2001 election, is thinking of the possibilities of forming a coalition government in the state this time.

The party is hoping to get support from the BPPF, Hagrama faction apart from NCP and a few independents.

"We will form the next government and if required take support from other smaller parties," Asom chief minister Tarun Gogoi had said.

"We will support a secular coalition government headed by the Congress on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme (CMP)," Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar said during his last visit to Guwahati.

Most of the Congress leaders from the state were camping in New Delhi for formulating a strategy to form the next government even the party fails to attain the required number of 64 members in the house.

The main opposition party AGP is expected to increase its strength in the state assembly this time.

"We have been in touch with Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) leaders for support," a senior AGP leader said.

Both CPI and CPI(M) were expecting to win at least five seats this time after a blank in 2001.

The left parties together would have about 10 seats and would extend support to the AGP to form a government, CPI leader Pramode Gogoi, who was a minister in the last AGP government, said today.

However, both the camps admitted that formation of the next government depends on factors of how many seats the BJP captures, the strength of AUDF and the number of seats going to both the factions of the BPPF.

Political circles felt that Congress would find it difficult to form the government in a hung assembly even as it is not easy for the opposition AGP with its alliance partners, taking an anti-BJP stand.

UNI XC/AB TJP DB1724

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