Activists of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) allied with BJP celebrate after crossing the half way mark during counting day of Assam assembly polls
GUWAHATI: The Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal (RD), two new political parties born out of the anti-CAA movement, not only failed to make a mark in the elections but also ended up helping BJP, their main opponent, by splitting opposition votes.
Insiders in both the parties blamed Congress’ decision to ally with AIUDF, which many caste Assamese organisations call a ‘communal party’. And this is being seen as the prime reason for votes swinging in BJP’s favour.
Only RD could open its account by sending its president and jailed peasant leader Akhil Gogoi to the assembly from the Sivasagar seat. “Had there been a united fight from anti-BJP parties, they could have inched closer to forming the government. Division of votes, mainly in upper Assam, helped BJP win,” said lawyer Santanu Barthakur.
Political science professor at Gauhati University, Akhil Ranjan Dutta, said the two parties failed to choose diversity of issues, while focusing on the issue of anti-CAA sentiments.