Guwahati: The state unit of BJP on Saturday exuded confidence of winning the "required number of seats to form the next government in Assam".

The party had given representation to all communities, including minority, in its candidates list for the assembly polls. Speaking to media persons here, BJP state unit president Ranjit Dutta said, "This time people want change from the Congress Tarun Gogoi government. We will get the required number of seats in next month's assembly polls to form the next government in Assam.”

Deciding to go it alone to fight against "corruption by the Congress government" in the upcoming two-phased assembly elections scheduled for April 4 and 11 next, Dutta said, "People will vote in favour of the BJP".

Stating that candidates from all communities will be given tickets by the saffron party, Dutta said, they would include a minority contestant, eight women, seven scheduled tribe, six tea tribes, three scheduled caste and two each from Nepali community and BJYM.

Accusing the ruling Congress of "failing to give an opportunity to indigenous Assamese Muslims to contest the polls", Dutta said, "in upper Assam we will put up an Assamese Muslim contestant".

"There are media reports that the BJP has a secret seat-sharing deal with other political parties as our `party is weak in certain constituencies'. I clarify there will be no future alliance or secret understanding with any political party. We will contest in all the 126 seats.

"Asom Gana Parishad as the main opposition party leads the floor coordination in the assembly. All the opposition parties were united in the House against (alleged) corruption in the government. It is a positive sign for the Opposition", the BJP
leader said.

To a query, he said: "There will be no division of votes among the opposition parties to the advantage of the Congress. Every party has a presence in each constituency. So there is no need for a grand opposition alliance (as suggested by the AGP)".

On the AGP's reported decision not to put up a contestant in the BJP state president's constituency Behali, he said, "We request them to give a candidate there".

BJP national vice president Bijoya Chakraborty, MP from Assam, alleged that the state government was "still distributing blankets and cycles even after the model
code of conduct was in place after the notification of the polls".

PTI