Ruling BJP in Assam targets to garner at least 1 crore votes in the 2021 assembly polls

January 18, 2021 0 By boss

Guwahati: The ruling BJP in Assam is targeting to garner at least 1 crore votes in the 2021 assembly polls. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Assam had a total electorate of nearly 2.18 crore. After revision of the electoral roll ahead of the assembly polls this year, this number is likely to increase. While devising its strategy for the elections, the party has set a target of winning 100-plus seats in the 126-member assembly. The BJP currently has 61 members in the house, while its allies Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front have 14 and 12 seats, respectively.

Opposition parties including the Congress and All India United Democratic Front have ridiculed the target set by the BJP, and called it highly unattainable. However, the saffron party has worked out arithmetic for achieving this ambitious target.

The BJP believes while its government has delivered on its promises, the party has worked aggressively in expanding its base and taking the achievements of the government to the people across the state. It is confident that these would reflect in the poll results. The BJP has a strong member network of 42 lakh people registered through online platforms. There are also an estimated 8 lakh unregistered party members. The number of beneficiaries of different government schemes stands at 96 lakhs.

State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass told ET: “Our calculation is based on the premises that even if one BJP worker casts his vote and brings another vote from his family member, we will garner over 1 crore votes.” He added: “Plus the beneficiaries of the government schemes will also vote for us, so we will surely cross the 100-plus seats.”

Dass said there was a synergy between the government and the party. “The work of the government is complemented by the party. Workers have ensured that schemes reach out to the deserving beneficiaries.” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, attending a two-day BJP executive meeting at Karimganj last month, had asked party workers to take the work done by the government in the last five years to people across the state.

“State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass has worked tirelessly and has ensured BJP’s victory in the Bodoland Territorial Council and the Tiwa Autonomous Council. Even though I was party president, I have not worked as hard as Dass did,” the CM had said. The BJP is set to snap its ties with the Bodoland People’s Front for this year’s assembly polls and tie-up with the United People’s Party Liberal, which has recently formed a government in the sixth schedule council of the Bodoland Territorial Council in alliance with the BJP.

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