The finalization of seats for the Assam assembly elections between the ruling BJP and its allies AGP, UPPL, and GSP will be finalized in Delhi in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and senior party leader . Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma have reached Amit Shah’s residence late Wednesday evening for talks.
Following the Bodoland Territorial Council elections in December last year, the BJP formed an alliance with the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) and split from its old ally, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF).
BJP-backed regional body Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that key issues regarding seat sharing have been agreed upon with AGP, UPPL, and GSP and the remaining issues will be discussed in the Delhi meeting. Apart from Sarma, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other party leaders will attend the meetings to be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
The BJP contested the previous assembly elections in 2016 in alliance with the Assam Gana Parishad and BPF and came to power to become the single largest party with 60 seats, while its allies AGP and BPF won 14 and 12 seats respectively. The ruling coalition has the support of an independent legislator.
The BJP-led coalition ousted the Congress from a 15-year (2001-2016) unopposed rule in the last assembly election (2016), led by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who died last year. The ruling BJP and its new allies UPPL and GSP took over the rule of the 40-member politically important Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) after last December’s elections. The BPF broke ties with the ruling BJP on Sunday after seven Congress-led parties joined the grand alliance.