The Congress has claimed cross-voting through AIUDF in the Assam RS elections.
Guwahati: The Congress on Saturday alleged that the AIUDF had cross-voted in the recent Rajya Sabha elections in Assam and voted in favor of the candidates of the ruling BJP-led coalition. I defeated the joint opposition candidate.
Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia told a news conference here that “we want to make it clear that 25 of the 27 Congress MLAs voted for our joint candidate.” One vote was disqualified while the other voted for the ruling coalition candidate.
The disqualified vote went to Siddique Ahmed and the other to Sashi Kanta Das, who had already announced that he would support the ruling coalition candidates. Both the MLAs have been suspended from the Congress.
Elections for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam were held on Thursday with the ruling coalition candidates Pabitra Margarita and Rwngra Narzary, who emerged victorious against the outgoing MP and opposition joint candidate Ripun Bora.
Margareta got 46 votes and Narzary got 44 votes, while Bora got only 35 votes. All 126 members of the Assembly voted, one of whom was disqualified.
Saikia claimed that all the other 25 Congress MLAs voted for Bora as did the CPI (M) MLA and the independent legislator alone, with Bora getting a total of 27 out of 35 votes. ۔
The party that had assured 15 votes gave only eight in our favor and the rest went elsewhere, apparently referring to the AIUDF, which has 15 members in the House and Had announced his support for the candidature.
Saikia also pointed out that the Congress had moved a motion of privilege violation in the state assembly in which BJP legislators inside and outside the House allegedly remarked that Congress MLAs voted for the ruling coalition candidates. Was
“The speaker has assured us that we will consider this,” he added.
The senior Congress leader questioned the AIUDF’s naming of its agent for the election without consulting other parties in the opposition camp.
He mysteriously announced his polling agent without telling us. “It’s a mystery to me,” he said.
Saikia maintained that Congress agent Prithviraj Sathe was nominated by the party’s central leadership for the election, who was given the power by the state legislature to nominate a polling agent.