Assam polls 2016: AIUDF to play big role in April 11 phase

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Guwahati, April 8: Perfume baron and Muslim cleric-turned-politician Badruddin Ajmal's party All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) will play a major role in the second and final phase of the Assam Assembly election on April 11 (Monday).

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Sixty-one of the 126 Assembly constituencies will go to the election in this phase.

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Sixty-five seats went to the polls in the first phase which was held on April 4.

The constituencies that will vote on April 11 are mostly from lower Assam which is dominated by the Bengali Muslims. They are often referred to as illegal migrants from the neighbouring Bangladesh and they form the base of the AIUDF. [Assam polls: AIUDF chief says he will be a king-maker]

The AIUDF, which was born in 2004, emerged as the main Opposition party after winning 18 seats in the 2011 Assembly elections.

Ajmal has a big popularity in these parts as he is credited with having helped people in Bodoland after the 2012 riots. The candidates don't matter in the elections as it is Ajmal who ultimately is the reason to vote.

Ajmal, an MP from Dhubri in lower Assam and contesting this Assembly election from Salmara South seat, has also vowed to defeat the BJP and its allies in this election and said his party would emerge as the kingmaker since nobody else can form the government without the AIUDF.

The Salmara South constituency is currently represented by son Abdur Rahaman Ajmal.

The BJP has allied with outfits like the Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People's Front to prevent the alleged illegal migrants from gaining power.

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