AIUDF candidates whisked away ahead of results

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Horse trading fear: BPF planning to follow the suit

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, April 9: As many as 18 leaders of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), including 16 who contested the state polls were flown out of the state in fear of horse trading ahead of the announcement of results of the last state polls.

Three more candidates will also be taken out of the state, sources here said.

According to the report, Congress and Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) are also planning to take away their candidates out of the state fearing horse trading.

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF is an ally in the Congress-led ‘Mahajot’ (grand alliance) in the state.

The team of AIUDF leaders has left the state in a special chartered flight on Friday morning.

Sources claimed that the team will visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan before they finally leave for Dubai to have a trip till the result of the elections come out. Sources added that they would possibly be provided with separate phone numbers too.

Though the ‘move’ was labeled as just a refreshment tour of the candidates after the hectic poll season, party insiders claimed that it might be a part of the strategy to keep the candidates away from any possible ‘horse trading’.

However, three candidates are yet to receive their passports for a foreign trip, but they will move within a day or two, they said.

The AIUDF fielded 18 candidates in the state polls.

“As the poll-related surveys indicated that BJP-led NDA might not get an absolute majority, the ‘Mahajot’ is in fear of possible horse-trading by BJP,” said party sources.

On the other hand, Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) which too is a part of the ‘Mahajot’, has also summoned all its 11 candidates to Kokrajhar.

BPF sources added that they are likely to be taken to Bihar.

Congress which led the ‘Mahajot’ claimed that it would form the next government in Dispur with an absolute majority.

There were reports that an AIUDF leader has been engaged by saffron brigade for initial discussion with the party candidates for their support to the BJP during government formation.

Meanwhile, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) leader and state social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that her party needs no horse trading to come to the power after the election results.

“There is no need of hotel politics in BTC after the assembly elections,” Brahma told reporters here.

Brahma denied that BPF candidates are engaged in horse trading in a hotel in Kokrajhar.


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