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BJP and AUDF, the untouchables of Asom

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, May 12 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) are two extreme points of Asom politics but have one thing in common.

They not only have equal number of seats but remain untouchables in Asom politics.

The BJP's ultra radical stance is diametrically opposite to that of AUDF which has been billed as Muslim Fundamentalist party by the Congress. ''But the good thing is that nobody needs them. People of Asom made it clear in this peace loving state there is no place for fundamentalists, be it Hindu or Muslim,'' said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

The AUDF, the most hyped party of Asom Election, is happy with ten seats. ''We wrested eight of them from Congress. In fact we stopped Congress from getting simple majority. While in 10 other seats, other parties got upper hand because of us,'' said its general secretary Abdul Hasib.

The Congress admitted that shifting of Muslim vote to the AUDF had caused maximum damage, else they would have secured simple majority. So there will be no hobnobbing with the AUDF.

''We will not keep any link with AUDF. They are a party of Muslim fundamentalist. Like the BJP they should be thrown out,'' Mr Gogoi said.

His antipathy towards AUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal is legendary and in fact his tough stand against AUDF had endeared him and the Congress among the mainstream Asomiya voters. As a result the Congress swept upper Asom.

The AGP, expecting victory, came very close to AUDF for a formal understanding and it would create a lot of damage to the party, which is fundamentally opposed to the AUDF on the issue of immigration.

''It is an irony that a champion of immigrant cause, AGP, has close door meeting with a Muslim fundamentalist party like the AUDF for power. It is a huge shock for all of us,'' said Asom Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma.

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