Assam polls: AIUDF chief says he will be a king-maker

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Guwahati, April 7: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Chief Badruddin Ajmal on Wednesday, April 6 claimed that he will be a king-maker in a hung house, while making it clear that he won't go with the BJP.

In an interview with TOI, Ajmal, the billionaire perfume baron, exuded confidence and said that his party will get more than 18 seats, that it had got in 2011 assembly elections.

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AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal

He also claimed that no party can form government without his party's help. However, he admitted that both Congress and BJP are his challengers.

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On hung assembly, Ajmal said that his party will decide at an appropriate time, while adding that people's mandate is for a stable government.

On Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's performance, Ajmal said, "Gogoi has failed. He has failed to live up to the expectations of people. Gogoi's rule is marked by failures, for the state lags behind on development."

Ajmal also said that like Bihar's grand alliance, there should be a secular front in Assam too, to take on the BJP. [Know your state: Assam]

In a pre-poll tie up, AIUDF entered an alliance with the JD(U) and RJD.

Ajmal feels that he has brought a change in Assam's political scenario and after the formation of AIUDF, the exploitation of minorities has stopped.

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While talking about his role outside Assam, Ajmal said that he will campaign for JD(U) and RJD in West Bengal and then he will gear up for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that will take place in 2017.

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