In Assam, Congress, Ex-Ally Exchange Tit-For-Tat Cross-Voting Allegations

Assam Congress, Ex-Ally Exchange Cross-Voting Allegations

Today’s Assam presidential election saw the Opposition unity take another blow. Cross-voting was a charge that the two major opposition parties, AIUDF and Congress, have each made against one other. Cross-voting accusations were made against 20 Congress MLAs by an MLA from the AIDUF. Debabrata Sikia from Congress was the Opposition leader and claimed he didn’t know if any opposition parties had supported Yashwant sinha, who is the candidate of the Opposition.

Mt Saikia said, “I feel confident about Congress MLAs. The CPM MLA. Independent MLA AkhilGogoi – that all these voters have gone in favor of the opposition candidate.”  

“But, I can’t comment on AIUDF MLAs or their votes. Their party chief says one thing and another MLA speaks another. He said that it was difficult to comment on AIUDF, also hinting at cross-voting by AIUDF.

Badaruddin Ajmal (AIUDF chief) said that 15 Lok Sabha MLAs were present, two of which are missing since they’ve gone to Haj. Rest, 13 have voted.

“The atmosphere that was observed in the assembly suggested that at least 20 Congress MLAs may actually cross vote, and if statewise results are tallied our claim might prove to be true,” Karimuddin Barbhuiya (AIUDF MLA for Sonia constituency) said.  

Akhil, an Independent MLA, also attacked the AIUDF, and claimed Mr Ajmal was the “biggest lying liar in the world”.