Eyeing Hindi-speaking voters, RJD looking to contest Assam polls


GUWAHATI: Eyeing the slice Hindi-speaking voters, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said that his party will field candidates in Assam polls. He will campaign in the poll-bound states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pundhuchery.

Yadav said that he had discussion with Congress. “We will have discussion with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). We are part of UPA and had long relationship with Congress.”

Assam is going to assembly polls in three phases. He said there is around 5 per cent Hindi speaking population from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh across 11 assembly constituencies in Assam. “We will asses winnability before putting up candidates. We don’t want to be a spoiler,” he said.

He added that opposition alliance must ensure communal forces do not come to power in Assam. “The country is witnessing unprecedented unemployment, farmers are protesting opposing the farm bill and economy is in bad shape.”

He said that BJP has been destroying constitutional bodies and the Constitutional bodies are working as cells of BJP. “State-run companies are sold out and scope of reservation is drying up,” he said.

He added, “We will have to ensure that Communal forces do not come to power in Assam.”

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